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Calcifying Fibrous Tumor : Differential Diagnosis

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Differential Diagnosis: The differential diagnosis of calcifying fibrous tumor (CFT) includes several benign, reactive, and neoplastic fibroblastic proliferations. These entities and their distinguishing features are:

Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor: greater cellularity, less hyalinization, no calcification, ALK positive (including ALK gene rearrangements).

Reactive Nodular Fibrous Pseudotumor: less cellular than CFT, no inflammatory infiltrate, no calcifications, positive for desmin, actin, & CD117.

Desmoid-type Fibromatosis: poorly circumscribed with infiltrative growth, greater cellularity, fascicular growth, rare calcifications.

Desmoplastic Fibroblastoma: more common in adults with a male predilection; fibrous mass in the subcutaneous tissues or skeletal muscles; consists of dense collagenous stroma but lacks calcifications of CFT.

Nodular Fasciitis: tissue culture-like spindle cells, myxoid matrix, rare/no calcifications.

Fibroma of Tendon Sheath: Distal extremity location, dense eosinophilic collagen but with foci of increased cellularity, elongated slit-like spaces, no calcifications.

Calcifying Aponeurotic Fibroma: Location in hands and feet, poorly-circumscribed, calcifications and chondroid metaplasia, multinucleated giant cells.

Amyoidoma: Dense eosinophilic deposits that are Congo-Red positive.

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