Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Soft Tissue Mass with Calcification

Differential considerations for a soft tissue mass with calcifications includes:
  • Vascular tumors: Phleboliths can be seen in hemangioma, angioleiomyoma, arterovenous malformation, aneurysm, lymphangioma.
  • Myositis ossificans: Peripheral calcifications typical.
  • Soft tissue chondroma: Punctuate or ring and arc calcification.
  • Schwannoma: Cystic areas with hemorrhage and calcification.
  • Synovial chondromatosis: Juxtaarticular osteocartilaginous mass
  • Lipoma:
  • Hamartoma:
  • Fibromatosis:
  • Fat necrosis:
  • Abscess:
  • Synovial cell sarcoma: Nonspecific dystrophic calcifications in a slowly growing lower extremity mass in a young adult is the classic presentation. Calcification in ~30% of cases with a central distribution.
  • Infantile myofibromatosis:
  • Metastatic or extraskeletal osteosarcoma:
  • Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma:
  • Pilomatricoma:
  • Osteoma cutis:
  • Melorheostosis: Can be associated with soft tissue calcifications.


Gartner L, Pearce CJ, Saifuddin A. The role of the plain radiograph in the characterisation of soft tissue tumours. Skeletal Radiol. 2009 Jun;38(6):549-58.


  1. Hey Behrang "Clacification"?

  2. I was just checking to see if you're paying attention :) Thanks for the correction. It's been fixed.


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