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Vol. 4, No. 2, 2011
Issue release date: May – August
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Case Rep Oncol 2011;4:343–349
Published: July 2011

Soft Tissue Paraspinal Inflammatory Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma Presenting as a Lumbar Abscess

Liarmakopoulos E.a · Lampropoulos P.a · Marinis A.a · Markakis C.a · Manoloudaki K.b · Chatzimarkou A.a · Rizos S.a
aFirst Department of Surgery, Departments of bPathology and cRadiology, ‘Tzaneion’ General Hospital, Zanni and Afentouli STR, Piraeus, Greece


The rarest subtype of malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) is the inflammatory type, which due to its peculiar clinical presentation may mimic an infectious process such as an abscess. The rarity of this disease and the unique features of its presentation may mislead the surgeon with consequent catastrophic results for the patient. In this study, a case report of a 65-year-old female patient with a soft-tissue inflammatory MFH presenting as a lumbar abscess and a review of the current literature are presented.

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Pavlos Lampropoulos, MD
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Published online: July 9, 2011
Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 3,

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Case Reports in Oncology

Vol. 4, No. 2, Year 2011 (Cover Date: May - August)

Journal Editor: Markman M. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
ISSN: NIL (Print), eISSN: 1662-6575 (Online)

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