Benign soft tissue tumors in children

Orthop Clin North Am. 2013 Jul;44(3):433-44, xi. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2013.05.001. Epub 2013 May 25.


Soft tissue masses in children are common, yet can pose a diagnostic dilemma for the orthopedic surgeon who is asked to evaluate them. Although most lesions are dysplastic or benign, some soft tissue sarcomas are seen in the pediatric population. An understanding of the clinical presentation and imaging findings can guide the surgeon decide on the need for a biopsy and formulate an appropriate treatment plan.

Keywords: Hamartoma; Neoplasm; Pediatric; Soft tissue mass; Soft tissue tumor; Vascular malformation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Fibroma / diagnosis
  • Fibromatosis, Aggressive / pathology
  • Granular Cell Tumor / pathology
  • Hemangioendothelioma / diagnosis
  • Hemangioma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Physical Examination
  • Positron-Emission Tomography
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / classification
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Soft Tissue Neoplasms / pathology