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Sarcoma. 2005;9(1-2):37-41. doi: 10.1080/13577140500094289.

Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans arising in a decorative tattoo.

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Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit Glasgow Royal Infirmary Glasgow G4 0SF Scotland.


Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is an uncommon, locally aggressive cutaneous tumour of intermediate grade malignancy. A number of reports have linked local trauma of varying aetiology with the later development of DFSP. In addition, a variety of skin disorders and, in rare cases, cutaneous tumours, have been described in association with decorative tattoos. This is often associated with delayed diagnosis. We report the first case of DFSP arising in a tattoo and discuss the available evidence for a causative link between DFSP and local trauma of this nature.

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