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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


SITELA, V  and  KHAN, N. Magnetic resonance imaging features of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans; what the surgeon should know: a case series. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2021, vol.59, n.2, pp.66a-66f. ISSN 2078-5151.

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a rare, slow-growing, spindle cell neoplasm with low to intermediate grade malignant potential, commonly found in young and middle-aged adults, more in males than females. DFSP mostly originates in the dermis; rarely, it may be located in the deeper tissues without dermal involvement. Typically, DFSP appears as a multinodular mass, which then spreads into the subcutaneous tissues and muscle; it rarely dedifferentiates to high-grade fibrosarcoma, and more rarely, it may metastasise. We describe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features in three female patients with histologically proven DFSP and review the literature.

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