Cytogenetic findings in a case of nodular fasciitis of subclavicular region

Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2003 Mar;141(2):160-3. doi: 10.1016/s0165-4608(02)00725-2.


We report a case of nodular fasciitis with a reciprocal translocation involving both homologues of chromosome 15 [46,XX,t(15;15)(q13;q25)]. This is the third case of nodular fasciitis with involvement of chromosome 15. Two genes that are involved in either wound healing and/or tumorigenesis have been mapped to chromosome 15. One of the genes, the keratinocyte growth factor or fibroblast growth factor 7 (KGF or FGF7) was mapped to the 15q22 region, which was involved in a cytogenetic rearrangement in one case of nodular fasciitis. KGF is implicated in wound healing, healing lung injuries and tumorigenesis of various cancers such as breast and prostate. The second gene involved is TRKC or NTRK3 mapped to the 15q25 region. TRKC is implicated in congenital fibrosarcoma, a benign proliferation of fibroblasts. The breakpoint and overexpression of the protein in our case further suggest a possible involvement of TRKC.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 15*
  • Clavicle
  • Fasciitis / genetics*
  • Fasciitis / pathology
  • Female
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 7
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors / genetics
  • Humans
  • Receptor, trkC / genetics
  • Translocation, Genetic*


  • FGF7 protein, human
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 7
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors
  • Receptor, trkC