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Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans


Other Names for this Disease

  • DFSP
  • Familial dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (subtype)
  • Giant cell fibroblastoma
  • Metastatic dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (subtype)
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Overview

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans is an uncommon tumor that arises in the skin. The tumor is firm and often flesh-colored although it can be reddish, bluish, or purplish. The tumor is often found on the chest or shoulders, but it can be found on other parts of the body.  Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans may cause no symptoms, and the initial size of the tumor tends to be around 1 to 5 centimeters. This tumor has a low potential to spread to other tissues (metastasize). Treatment often involves surgery to remove the tumor, such as by Mohs’ micrographic surgery[1]
Last updated: 11/18/2010

References

  1. Wood GS. et al. Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers: Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. In: Abeloff et al. Clinical Oncology, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone; 2008;
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  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • DFSP
  • Familial dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (subtype)
  • Giant cell fibroblastoma
  • Metastatic dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (subtype)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.