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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans: Insights into a Rare Soft Tissue Tumor

1 Department of Radiology, Khoula Hospital, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
2 Oman Medical Speciality Board, Radiology Training Program, Sultanate of Oman
3 The James Cook University Hospital, South Tees Hospitals NHS, United Kingdom

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Dr. Sawsan Taif
Department of Radiology, Khoula Hospital, PO Box 90, 116 Muscat
Sultanate of Oman
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2156-7514.181492

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Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a rare soft tumor which originally represents a cutaneous sarcoma. It grows slowly and presents usually as nodular superficial lesion on the trunk or the extremities. Although these tumors are locally aggressive with high rate of recurrence following surgery; the prognosis is considered excellent when it is effectively treated. The radiological appearance of this tumor has rarely been studied and findings infrequently discussed in the literature probably because many lesions underwent resection before imaging. Although imaging is infrequently performed for this lesion; it can show characteristic features and demonstrate the full extent. Imaging may also play a role in the differentiation of this tumor from more serious soft tissue lesions such as more aggressive sarcomas and hemangioma. In this article, we discuss the imaging findings of DFSP that can aid in its diagnosis and its variable appearances. In addition; the clinical presentation and treatment options are also described with review of the previous literature.

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