Journal of Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine 2011;30(3): 223-225.
Nodular Fasciitis of the Chest Wall as seen on Breast Sonography: This Clinically Simulated Palpable Breast Cancer.
Woo Jeong Kim, Jin Hwa Lee, Eun Ju Kang, Dae Cheol Kim, Se Heon Cho, Kyung Jin Nam
1Department of Radiology, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. jhrad@dau.ac.kr
2Department of Breast Center, Dong-A University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
  Published online: September 1, 2011.
ABSTRACT
Nodular fasciitis is a rapidly growing benign soft tissue tumor that is related to the fascia and this tumor is generally seen in young and middle aged adults. It is often seen as a subcutaneous solitary nodule in an upper extremity. Clinically, it is often mistaken for a malignancy. We present here a rare case of nodular fasciitis of the chest wall and that was observed on breast sonography (US) and this lesion clinically simulated palpable breast cancer. US may be helpful for evaluating a chest wall lesion that is misunderstood to be a breast lump. So, if the lesion's location is vague, US can reveal the exact location and characteristics of the mass. Although the incidence of nodular fasciitis is rare, nodular fasciitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis when a lesion is located in the chest wall.
Keywords: Breast; Sonography; Neoplasm; Fasciitis; Thoracic wall
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