Calcifying Fibrous Tumor of the Neck

Kerry B. Baumann*, Michael I. Orestes, Sarah M. Heaton, Ryan E. Whiting, Nena C. Wendzel, Robert D. Foss

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A 19 year old otherwise healthy male presented with a history of acute onset left neck pain with subsequent swelling and development of a left neck mass that progressively enlarged over a two month period. Imaging studies revealed a solid heterogeneous mass with prominent calcifications displacing normal structures. The lesion was resected via transcervical approach and a diagnosis of calcifying fibrous tumor (CFT) was rendered. The clinical, radiographic, histologic and immunophenotypic features of CFT are discussed. CFT is a rare benign soft tissue tumor with distinctive histologic findings. They present as well-circumscribed but unencapsulated, paucicellular lesions consisting of hyalinized fibrous tissue with chronic lymphoplasmacytic inflammation and variable amounts of both psammomatous and dystrophic calcifications distributed throughout. They are found in numerous locations throughout the body, most often in the gastrointestinal tract or subcutaneous soft tissue, but are relatively uncommon in the neck. This article describes a case of CFT which presented as an enlarging neck mass in a young male.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalHead and Neck Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcifying fibrous pseudotumor
  • Calcifying fibrous tumor
  • Dystrophic calcifications
  • Neck mass
  • Psammomatoid calcifications


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