Fibroxanthoma of bone is a confusing term that is sometimes used to encompass non-ossifying fibroma and fibrous cortical defect, and at other times synonymously with just non-ossifying fibromas. As non-ossifying fibroma and fibrous cortical defect are histologically the same, and differ only in size (non-ossifying fibroma >2-3 cm) it is safe to not lose too much sleep over this one.
The term metaphyseal fibrous defect is probably a safer collective term for the two entities.
Fibrous cortical defect and non-ossifying fibroma are very common, seen in up to 30-40% of skeletally immature children/adolescents 3.
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- 2. Stacy GS, Dixon LB. Pitfalls in MR image interpretation prompting referrals to an orthopedic oncology clinic. Radiographics. 2007;27 (3): 805-26. doi:10.1148/rg.273065031 [pubmed citation]
- 3. Betsy M, Kupersmith LM, Springfield DS. Metaphyseal fibrous defects. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2004;12 (2): 89-95. J Am Acad Orthop Surg (full text) [pubmed citation]
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