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infantile digital fibromatosis

Wednesday 17 December 2003

inclusion body fibromatosis, infantile digital fibroma; Reye’s tumor, fibroma durum multiplex, infantile dermal fibromatosis, recurrent digital fibroma, and juvenile dermatofibroma


Eight percent of infantile digital fibromatoses occur in the first year of life.

The condition may occur as a single nodule or in multiple lesions on the fingers or toes, and the thumb and great toe are always spared.

Characteristic “kissing” lesions may occur on adjacent surfaces of digits. These lesions may be associated with joint deformities and functional impairment.

Recurrence occurs relatively commonly after surgical excision; wide excision reduces the likelihood of recurrence. Lesions may resolve spontaneously, and so, a period of observation before excision is justified.

However, frequently, the clinical diagnosis is not appreciated, and the unwitting surgeon may underestimate the significance of a relatively innocuous appearing lesion and so perform inadequate excision.


The histology of infantile digital fibromatosis is characterized by fibroblastic proliferation within a collagenous matrix.

Mitotic figures are scant.

Eosinophilic, intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies are pathognomonic.

See also

-  fibroblastic tumors
- eosinophilic cytoplasmic inclusion bodies


Immunohistochemically, the inclusion bodies do not stain with antibodies to vimentin, keratin, or desmin and are thought to be actin contractile filaments.

- smooth muscle actin + (SMA+)


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