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  • A slowly growing dense fibrous nodule attached to a tendon sheath and most often found in the hands and feet
  • May be an end-stage variant of GCTTS


  • May be reactive and not a neoplasm
  • Slow growing dense nodule firmly attached to tendon sheath, found most frequently in hands and feet, rarely > 2cm


  • Adults ages 20-50 (mean age 31)
  • M:F = 1.5-3:1
  • May limit joint motion (usually occur in the hand, limiting digit ROM; 'trigger wrist' has been described in MF FDP tendon)
  • 71% hand/wrist, 7% foot, 6% knee
  • ? locking or catching
  • Associated trauma is seen in up to 10% of cases
  • Bone involvement in<2% of cases
  • MRI
    • Heterogeneous and lobulated mass with low signal intensity on both T1- and T2-weighted images
    • On T2-weighted images, lesion may be mildly heterogeneous, with a signal intensity approximately that of fat


  • Non-invasive soft tissue mass


  • Rarely > 2cm
  • Firm, grey to white, and rubbery
  • May be attached to a tendon sheath


  • Well defined and distinctly lobulated with cleft-like spaces, scattered fibroblasts, dense collagenous material, hyalinized areas
  • More cellular areas may be at the periphery of the lesion resembling BFH or nodular fasciitis
  • EM: myofibroblasts (with actin-type filaments) and fibroblasts


  • Nodular fasciitis
  • Benign fibrous histiocytoma
  • Vascular leiomyoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Fibromatosis
  • Localized nodular tenosynovitis


  • 0-24% recurrence reported (reexcision is treatment), usually between 1-4 months following surgery


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