Solitary Intraosseous Infantile Myofibroma of the Orbital Roof

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There are several rare tumors that can cause proptosis in an infant, including infantile myofibroma.


A 3-month-old infant developed a painless, bone-destructive superomedial orbital mass, raising concern for orbital malignant neoplasms. Computed tomography disclosed a bone-destructive mass of the sphenoid wing. On magnetic resonance imaging, the intraosseous mass was well-circumscribed, surrounded by cortical bone, and showed prominent enhancement.


Superomedial orbitotomy and biopsy revealed a lesion composed of spindled to stellate cells, without mitotic activity, set in a fibromyxoid stroma. Immunohistochemical stains were positive for vimentin and actin. Ultrastructurally, there were actinlike thin filaments, mitochondria, and rough endoplasmic reticulum, confirming a myofibroblastic proliferation and supporting the diagnosis of congenital infantile myofibroma.


Infantile myofibroma is a benign tumor that occurs rarely in the ocular region but can cause prominent bone destruction, misleading the clinician to suspect a malignant neoplasm.

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