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March 12, 1955

UNUSUAL SYNOVIAL TUMORS

Author Affiliations

U. S. N.

Director of Laboratories, U. S. Naval Medical School, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):888-890. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280012004
Abstract

This is a report of six unusual tumors that are thought to arise from synovial tissue. These cases fall into two main groups: malignant synoviomas, which usually arise around joints, and benign synoviomas. The correlation laid down by Jaffe and co-workers1 and by Spencer and Whimster2 was used in grouping the so-called giant cell tumor (xanthoma of tendon and bursa) and villous nodular synovitis as benign synovioma. The nosology of these lesions has been discussed by Wright,3 Sabrazes and de Grailly,4 Tillotson and others,5 and Razemon and Bizard.6 Historically it is of interest to note that the older writers used the terms myeloma, myeloplax, and sarcoma of tendon sheath to designate the benign synoviomas. Chassaignac,7 who reported on a lesion in the thumb in 1852, has been given credit by various writers for reporting the first case of synovial tumor, but his description

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