Child abuse masquerading as a soft tissue sarcoma

Lauren Strazzula, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sheila M. Greenlaw, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Sara O. Vargas, Harvard Medical School
Leah Belazarian, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Abstract

Pediatric fasciitides are rare benign lesions that may clinically mimic a malignant sarcoma. Nodular fasciitis, the most common of these fasciitides, rarely occurs in children younger than 5 years of age. Often there is a history of preceding trauma. Herein, we report the case of a 5-month-old boy diagnosed with nodular fasciitis in the setting of nonaccidental trauma.