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Keywords:

  • CD34;
  • dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans;
  • fibrosarcomatous change;
  • lung metastasis

A case of metastatic dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) In a 47-year-old woman is presented. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans occasionally recurs, but rarely metastasizes. The patient underwent local removal of the nuchal tumor by a general practitioner, followed by a rapid recurrence. She underwent total removal of the tumor and a diagnosis of spindle cell sarcoma was made after an Incisional biopsy was performed. This lesion had both a typical DFSP-like area and a flbrosarcoma (FS)-like area. After 7 years, an abnormal lung shadow was observed and a segmental lung redon was petformed. Histologically, the lung tumor was similar to the FS-like area in the nuchal tumor. Confirming CD34 expression in the tumor cells, this lung tumor was diagnosed as metastatic DFSP. Usually CD34 expression is unique to DFSP but almost negative in FS-like areas. In the present case, the FS-llke area in the nuchal tumor showed decreased CD34 reactivity, as previously reported, but the FS-like area In the metastatic tumor still widely preserved CD34 expression. The presented case suggests that the FS-like area in DFSP is histogenetically different from typical FS or malignant fibrous histiocytoma.