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Elastofibroma dorsi: case report and review of the literature

Basma Karrakchou, Youssef Yaikoubi, Mohamed Said Chairi, Abdelouahed Jalil


Elastofibroma dorsi (ED) is an uncommon benign soft tissue tumor with an uncertain  pathogenesis. It mostly occurs in the infrascapular region of elderly people with a  female predominance. Typically bilateral, ED can also be unilateral. While many patients remain asymptomatic, ED can be responsible of a periscapular arch source of ache. The diagnosis of ED is set on magnetic resonance imaging, and the pathological study ensures the diagnosis after surgical excision and establishes the differential diagnosis with malignant neoplasic process. The prognosis is excellent with extremely rare recurrence cases. Herein we report a case of a 54-years-old woman with a bilateral painful ED. The diagnosis was based on clinical and MRI findings that revealed bilateral tumors. Surgery was decided due to the symptomatic nature of the tumors. Pathological study confirmed the diagnosis. The post operative course was uncomplicated. We update through a review of the literature aspects of the diagnostic and therapeutic care of Elastofibroma dorsi.


Key words: Elastofibroma dorsi, benign tumor, scapula, pathology, surgery

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