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January 1957

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans A Tumor Too Lightly Considered

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Springfield, Mo.

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(1):132-134. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550130134021

Since the description of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans by Darier and Ferrand1 in 1924, there have been numerous cases reported. The articles of Senear, Andrews and Willis,2 Binkley,3 Mopper and Pinkus,4 and Mopper5 all present multiple cases.

A feature in common with most published reports is that of regarding this malignancy as a slow-growing and rather innocent one, prone to local recurrence but almost never fatal or metastasizing.

Even as recently as the January, 1956, issue of the A. M. A. Archives of Dermatology the comment appeared on page 91: "There is mention in the literature of distant metastasis originating from dermatofibroma protuberans, but, as far as I could ascertain, there was no autopsy proof."

Admittedly, cases of this tumor are not numerous. One seldom sees more than a few in a lifetime. It is a mistake, however, to assume that dermatofibrosarcoma protu

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