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October 1935


Author Affiliations

From the Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases.

Arch Surg. 1935;31(4):507-520. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180160003001

The term fascial sarcoma became established in reports in the older German literature (1850-1900) but never gained wide usage. Virchow1 described fascial sarcoma as occurring rather frequently, especially in the superficial fasciae of the lower extremities. It was generally of fibromatous or fibrosarcomatous structure, but sometimes it was quite cellular and malignant and therefore probably of rather uncertain nature and origin. In many cases there was formation of cartilage and bone, and Virchow seems to have identified this fascial sarcoma with the so-called parosteal sarcoma. He remarked that osteosarcoma is not necessarily a bone sarcoma. He did not use the term fascial sarcoma for any of the intermuscular myxosarcomas. He fully described intermuscular myxosarcoma, occurring especially in the thigh but also in other regions where fat tissue is abundant. He did not state the exact origin of intermuscular myxosarcoma, but he noted the frequent presence of fat cells and

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