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October 1946


Author Affiliations

Extramural Teacher in the Dermatosyphilographic Clinic of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Minas Geraes BELLO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(4):432-454. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510390057005

AS OFTEN happens in dermatology, to the confusion of those who are beginning the study of this specialty, the cutaneous disease which I shall discuss in this paper is known by a large number of names. In Germany, for instance, it has been called fibrosarcoma (Virchow), fusocellular fibrosarcoma (Unna), fibroblastic sarcoma or sarcomatous fibroma (Zurhelle) and tuberous or protuberant fibrosarcoma or dermatofibrosarcoma (Hoffmann). In France it is described as progressive and recidivous dermatofibroma of Darier and Ferrand and fibrosarcoma of the skin.1 Hertzler2 has also described this disease under the name of sarcoma of the skin. These tumors have been described by Bezecny3 as dermatofibrosis protuberans et progrediens. McMaster4 has named them sarcomatoid fibroma of the skin, and Mosto5 has called them neuroma or dermatoschwannoma.


According to Woringer,6 progressive and recurring dermatofibromas are fibrous tumors of neoplastic evolution which

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