J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  2000 Nov;27(6):687-690.

5 Case of Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, Pusan National University.
  • 2Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Pusan National University.

Abstract

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans(DFSP) is an uncommon soft-tissue neoplasm that usually presents as a painless, often long-standing mass arising in the dermis of skin. It has a frequent tendency to recur after standard surgical excision. Clinically, the initial appearance of the tumor is similar to that of benign tumor such as keloid and dermatofibroma. Therefore making an accurate clinical diagnosis and ensuring adequate surgical excision of this uncommon skin tumor are important. The authors experienced 5 patients of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans during the recent 2 years, 3 male and 2 female patients. The age of the patients ranged from 21 to 43. Lesions were various in size and shape, and location varies: lower abdomen, right suprabrow region, right anterior superior iliec spine region, right clavicular region, and upper back. Wide excision of tumor with frozen section biopsy or Mohs' microscopic surgery was performed and reconstruction of surgical defect was made according to the size, shape and location. As reconstructive methods, the authors used median forehead flap, split thickness skin graft, or direct closure. The patients were followed up after operation from 4 to 14 months and all remained free of disease. The authors present the experience of 5 cases of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans occurred in various sites during the short period of time . They obtained satisfactory results with appropriate diagnosis and treatment, which emphasize the importance of accurate diagnosis in early stage. They also present an operative plan of this locally aggressive and highly recurrent tumor.

Keyword

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans

MeSH Terms

Abdomen
Biopsy
Dermatofibrosarcoma*
Dermis
Diagnosis
Female
Forehead
Frozen Sections
Histiocytoma, Benign Fibrous
Humans
Keloid
Male
Skin
Spine
Transplants
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