Desmoplastic fibroblastoma: A case presenting as a protruding nodule in the dermis

Masakazu Takahara, Ryutaro Ichikawa, Yoshinao Oda, Hiroshi Uchi, Satoshi Takeuchi, Yoichi Moroi, Hiromaro Kiryu, Masutaka Furue

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Desmoplastic fibroblastoma is a rare, benign, soft tissue tumor. We describe a case of superficial desmoplastic fibroblastoma presenting as a protruding nodule. A 41-year-old woman presented with a painless, firm, elevated nodule with ulceration on her left thigh. Histological examination from total excision showed a well-circumscribed tumor in the dermis, which comprised of spindle, oval and stellate cells arranged in a haphazard fashion, accompanied by abundant collagenous stroma and inconspicuous vasculature. Immunohistochemically, the tumor cells were positive for vimentin, and focally positive for α-smooth muscle actin and muscle-specific actin, but negative for CD34, S-100 protein, desmin and β-catenin. We diagnosed this case as desmoplastic fibroblastoma arising in the dermis and superficial subcutaneous tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-73
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Pathology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Dermatology


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