Massive rare desmoplastic fibroma of the ilium and ischium in a young adult: A case report

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Desmoplastic fibroma (DF) is a rare, locally invasive but benign bone tumor. It represents one of the rarest bone diseases, with an incidence of only 0.11% of all primary bone tumors.

Patient concerns:

Herein, a case of massive and unusual DF, with simultaneous involvement of ilium and ischium, is described. A 29-year-old man suffered minor pain in his right hip for 2 years. It worsened after sudden movements, which prevented him from walking normally. Physical examination showed a limitation when the right hip was flexed and a percussion pain on the hip region. A medical imaging examination showed that the right ilium and ischium had a massive bone lesion. The top of acetabular had very little bone left and a fracture was likely at any time. No prominent body weight loss was noted, because there was no extensive invasion to the adjacent soft tissue.


DF of the Ilium and Ischium.


The patient underwent a surgery involving curettage and grafting to maintain the stability of the pelvis.


The definitive pathological diagnosis was DF, without evidence of malignancy. The postoperative recovery course at 3-month follow-up was uneventful.


To the authors’ knowledge, such a massive DF involving both ilium and ischium has been rarely reported. Young patients require appropriate and timely treatment modalities.

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