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October 1975


Arch Dermatol. 1975;111(10):1372-1373. doi:10.1001/archderm.1975.01630220136026

Recurring Digital Fibrous Tumor of Childhood, Case 1. Presented by James Beckett, MD.  A 14-month-old girl developed a firm nodule on her right ring finger nine months ago. Three months later, the lesion was excised, and dermatofibroma was diagnosed following microscopical examination of hematoxylin-eosin stained sections. A similar nodule recurred at the surgical site within one month.Examination at the Stanford Dermatology Clinic two months after the excision showed a single nodule on the ulnar side of the distal phalanx of the right ring finger (Fig 1). The nodule was smooth, skin-colored, and firm, measuring 1 cm in diameter. Special histological stains of the tissue from the original excision defined the characteristic inclusion bodies of recurring digital fibrous tumor of childhood. Two new nodules developed on the same distal phalanx in the succeeding five months.

Case 2. Presented by Leon Demar, MD.  A 17-year-old girl noted an asymptomatic nodule at

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