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Volume 2012, Article ID 578052, 9 pages
Review Article

Extra-Abdominal Desmoid Tumours: A Review of the Literature

Department of Orthopaedics, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, Ireland

Received 10 May 2012; Revised 2 July 2012; Accepted 8 July 2012

Academic Editor: R. Pollock

Copyright © 2012 A. P. Molloy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Extra-abdominal desmoid lesions, otherwise known as aggressive fibromatosis, are slow-growing benign lesions which may be encountered in clinical practice. Recent controversies exist regarding their optimal treatment. Given their benign nature, is major debulking surgery justified, or is it worth administering chemotherapy for a disease process which unusually defies common teaching and responds to such medications? We present a literature review of this particular pathology discussing the aetiology, clinical presentation, and various current controversies in the treatment options.