Desmoid Tumor Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are desmoid tumors?

What is the pathophysiology of desmoid tumors?

What genetic mutations are associated with desmoid tumors?

What causes desmoid tumors?

What is the prevalence of desmoid tumors?

What are the sexual predilections of desmoid tumors?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of desmoid tumors?

What is the prognosis of desmoid tumors?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of desmoid tumors?

How are peripheral desmoid tumors characterized?

How are intra-abdominal and extra-abdominal desmoid tumors characterized?

How prevalent are breast desmoid tumors?

DDX

Which conditions should be considered in the differential diagnoses of desmoid tumors?

What are the differential diagnoses for Desmoid Tumor?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of desmoid tumors?

What is the role of imaging studies in the diagnosis of desmoid tumors?

What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of desmoid tumors?

What is the role of colonoscopy in the diagnosis of desmoid tumors?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of desmoid tumors?

Treatment

What is the primary treatment for desmoid tumors?

What are the nonsurgical treatment options for desmoid tumors?

Which surgical techniques are used in the treatment of desmoid tumors?

What is included in long-term monitoring of patients with desmoid tumors?

Medications

What is the goal of drug treatment for desmoid tumors?

Which medications in the drug class Antineoplastic agents are used in the treatment of Desmoid Tumor?