Benign Fibrous Histiocytoma

Fibrous histiocytomas are divided into two subgroups: malignant fibrous histiocytoma (MFH) and benign fibrous histiocytoma (BFH).

Benign Fibrous histiocytoma is one of the most common tumors of the superficial and deep soft tissues; it is found on the skin and presents itself as a solitary fibrous mass in the human body. The slow-growing tumor is a mixture of fibroblastic and histiocytic cells. The involvement of the oral cavity is rare but BFH can grow in unusual locations.

What are the Causes of Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas?

Unfortunately, it is not known precisely what causes BFH and is not linked to  genetics or inherited preconditions. 


Who is Most Affected by Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas?

Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas is not dependent on a specific race or sex predilection, andt is more commonly found in adults over the age of 25 years.


What are the Symptoms of  Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas?

The symptoms of BFH vary depending on the site of solitary mass. 

These varying symptoms include: 


How is Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas Treated?

Treatment for BFH is a wide resection of the tumor, which results in an excellent prognosis and low recurrence rate. Wide resection also helps prevent the recurrence of the tumor.

CT Scans may be requested if involvement of bone is suspected.

We hope this high-level discussion of Benign Fibrous Histiocytomas was insightful and enlightening. The team at Baylor Scott & White Greater Dallas Orthopaedics places a high value on informing our audience and improving the medical literacy of all we impact. 

As always, the content of a blog post is no substitute for a legitimate medical diagnosis, and simply identifying these symptoms in you or your child doesn’t make a diagnosis a certainty. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from a bone or soft tissue tumor, prioritize an appointment with a qualified medical professional at your earliest availability.