Fibrolipomatous hamartoma of the median nerve

Case contributed by Khalid Alhusseiny
Diagnosis certain


Slowly growing painless swelling over the volar aspect of the the right wrist and palm.

Patient Data

Age: 5 years
Gender: Female

The right median nerve is swollen and enlarged at the level of the wrist and right palm. The nerve fascicles are enlarged and hypoechoic surrounded by echogenic fat tissue giving cable-like appearance on transverse images. No abnormal vascularity of the enlarged nerve.

The median nerve is swollen with cable-like appearance on axial images and spaghetti-like appearance on the coronal images. The nerve fascicles are of intermediate signal on T1, high signal on T2 and show post-contrast enhancement. The nerve fascicles are interspersed with connective tissue showing signal drop on fat suppression images.

Case Discussion

Fibrolipomatous hamartomas are benign tumors of the nerves. The median nerve is the most commonly involved. The appearance of cable-like and spaghetti-like enlargement of the nerve that are easily appreciated on MRI, are considered pathognomonic allowing for non-invasive diagnosis of this pathology.

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