BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-220859
  • Rare disease

Cranial fasciitis of childhood (CFC): an unusual clinical case of a rare disease.

  1. Dimitri Poddighe1,2
  1. 1Department of Pediatrics, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Lombardia, Italy
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, ASST Melegnano e Martesana, Vizzolo Predabissi, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Dimitri Poddighe, dimimedpv{at}
  • Accepted 3 September 2017
  • Published 13 September 2017


Cranial fasciitis of childhood (CFC) is a very uncommon tumour of the scalp, which is almost exclusively observed in the first years of life. It is a benign proliferation of fibroblasts, but its rapid growth rate may resemble a malignant disease. This disease may be suspected from clinical and radiological features, but a definitive diagnosis may be achieved only by pathological examination. We report a case whose onset was in late childhood and whose clinical and radiological characteristics were atypical.


  • Contributors DP managed the clinical case, conceived and drafted the paper. NZ helped in writing the paper and in searching the medical literature.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained from guardian.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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