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Dermatofibroma in Child
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Dermatofibroma in Child

Contributors: Haya Raef MD, Belinda Tan MD, PhD, Sarah Hocker DO, Susan Burgin MD
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Dermatofibromas (DFs), or histiocytomas, are common benign fibrohistiocytic tumors that tend to occur in a solitary fashion. Some individuals have several lesions but rarely have more than 15. DFs have a predilection for the lower extremities; however, in children younger than 10 years, the most common location of DFs is on the trunk. They are usually asymptomatic but may occasionally be pruritic or tender.

Twenty percent of DFs occur in children aged 17 years and younger. The etiology is not completely understood, but it is suspected that many DFs are initiated by injuries to the skin, such as by insect bites or blunt trauma.

Rarely, multiple eruptive dermatofibromas (MEDF) may be seen. MEDF is arbitrarily defined as the presence of 5 to 15 or more DFs developing in less than a 4-month period. MEDF has been reported to occur in individuals with HIV infection; autoimmune disease, most frequently systemic lupus erythematosus; neoplastic disease; and in pregnant individuals. Multiple clustered dermatofibroma (MCDF) is a rare entity that develops in the first to third decades, where 15 or more DFs cluster together to form a plaque, most often on the lower half of the body.

In rare families with dominantly inherited DF, missense mutation in the factor XIII A-subunit has been detected.

While classic DFs are the predominant type of DF observed in pediatric patients, similar histologic DF variants in pediatric patients to those in adults have been described. Some rare variants of DFs, in particular the atypical, cellular, and aneurysmal variants, have been reported to have increased risk of local recurrences when incompletely excised. The cellular variant is the most common variant in pediatric patients; they usually are larger in size than common DFs.

Although the overwhelming majority of DFs are benign, exceedingly rare reports of distant metastases have been reported from cellular, aneurysmal, and atypical DF subtypes in adults.


D23.9 – Other benign neoplasm of skin, unspecified

427186000 – Dermatofibroma

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