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Uncommon presentation of desmoplastic fibroblastoma on the tongue of a female patient
  1. Takaaki Tokura,
  2. Jun-ichi Kobayashi,
  3. Jun-ya Okamoto,
  4. Akihiro Miyazaki
  1. Department of Oral Surgery, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jun-ichi Kobayashi, jkoba{at}


Desmoplastic fibroblastoma (DF) is a rare benign soft tissue with spindle-to-stellate-shaped fibroblasts and myofibroblasts embedded in a prominent collagenous background. DF, mainly affecting subcutaneous and muscle tissue, very rarely occurs in the oral cavity. Hitherto, only one case of DF on the tongue has been reported. Here, we report another case. A 66-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with a mass formation in the tongue. On examination, a well-circumscribed, elastic, soft tumour with normal surface mucosa, measuring 13×12 mm, was observed on the left dorsal surface of her tongue. MRI and ultrasonography confirmed the mass, and a benign tongue tumour was suspected. The tumour was surgically resected under general anaesthesia 1 month later, leading to the histopathological diagnosis of DF. She experienced an uneventful clinical recovery after surgery, with no recurrence noted for more than 1 year postoperatively.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • oncology

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  • Contributors TT analysed and interpreted the patient data regarding desmoplastic fibroblastoma, and was a major contributor in writing the manuscript. J-iK surgically resected desmoplastic fibroblastoma on the tongue, and made substantial contributions to conception and design. J-yO and AM were involved in drafting the manuscript and revising it critically for important intellectual content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.


  • Competing interests None declared.

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