A case of intra-articular fasciitis in the elbow joint.


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kagawa University Faculty of Medicine, 1750-1 Ikenobe, Miki-cho, Kita-gun, Kagawa 761-0793, Japan. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : Nodular fasciitis is a benign myofibroblastic proliferation arising from the fascia. Until now, there have been only two reported cases of intra-articular nodular fasciitis in the elbow joint.
METHODS : We report a case of a 19-year-old woman with a 3-month history of pain in the left elbow. Contrast-enhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed an intra-articular lobulated mass on the anterior portion of the elbow joint, with accompanying effusion. The patient subsequently underwent arthroscopic excision of the mass. Histologically, intra-articular nodular fasciitis was the final diagnosis. At the most recent follow-up, 20 months after surgery, the patient had no subjective symptoms, including pain. The final MRI findings showed no tumor recurrence.
CONCLUSIONS : As nodular fasciitis is not generally known to arise within a joint, the occurrence at such anatomical locations may lead to a misdiagnosis. Intra-articular nodular fasciitis is rarely encountered, and therefore, is not usually considered during the clinical investigation of joint symptoms.
CONCLUSIONS : Preoperative diagnosis was difficult in this case because of nonspecific preoperative clinical findings. Although histological examination is necessary to establish a diagnosis, we recommend that intra-articular nodular fasciitis should be included in the differential diagnosis of intra-articular mass lesions.


Elbow joint,Histological examination,Intra-articular nodular fasciitis,Magnetic resonance imaging,

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