January 1960

Desmoid Tumors of the Abdominal and Thoracic Walls in a Child

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University and Mercy Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1960;80(1):144-150. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1960.01290180146018

Despite the rarity of desmoid tumors, their occurrence as single neoplasms in the abdominal walls of women who have borne children is rather commonly known. However, only a small number of these tumors have been reported in children. Furthermore, the occurrence of desmoid tumors in the thoracic wall is even less frequent. Moreover, in a careful review of the literature we have been unable to find any report of a combination of desmoid tumors in both the abdominal and thoracic walls in the same patient. We wish to record such an unusual occurrence in a little girl.

Report of a Case  A well-nourished white girl, 5 years of age, was admitted to Mercy Hospital on Jan. 3, 1956, because of a mass in the anterior abdominal wall. Her history was noncontributory, except for attacks of petit mal. Two and one-half weeks prior to admission the child's mother noticed a nontender,

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