Desmoid Tumor

January 26, 2016 - desmoid_tumor

Desmoid tumor, also called aggressive fibromatosis, is a tumor that develops in the fibrous tissue that forms tendons and ligaments, usually in the arms, legs or midsection, but also sometimes in the head and neck. Locally, a desmoid tumor is very similar to a malignant (cancerous) tumor called fibrosarcoma in that local recurrence is very high.

However, a desmoid tumor is considered benign because it does not metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body.

Regardless of its scientific classification, a desmoid tumor can be invasive to surrounding tissues and difficult to control. It can adhere to and intertwine with surrounding structures and organs.

 

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