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Dermatofibroma Symptoms - Dermatofibroma Treatment

A dermatofibroma is a skin disorder, also called histiocytoma and characterised by round, brownish to purple growth commonly found on the legs and arms. It is a benign tumor although deep seated tumors, that is, tumors that grow deeply into the fat underlying the skin do have the potential for aggressive growth and local recurrence. They are red or bwown in colour and about 5 mm in size. Dermatofibromas generally occurs in women. The treatment is adviced only if the lesion is in the way of shaving, or is becoming irritated by clothing.

The exact cause of Dermatofibroma is not known but it is suggested that it may be caused by insect bites, minor injury or thorn pricks. Cutaneous fibrous histiocytomas are divided into dermatofibroma and histiocytoma. When the tumor is located in the skin, fibrous histiocytoma is also called Dermatofibroma. If the skin over a dermatofibroma is squeezed a dimple forms, indicating tethering of the skin to the underlying fibrous tissue.

Dermatofibroma Treatment and Prevention

Dermatofibroma should better be ignored as it can be removed surgically with the help of local anesthesia. Liquid nitrogen freezing destroys only the upper part of the growth. Therefore, the dermatofibroma, after some years, may again become noticeable. Usually any regrowth is slight and can be handled by another freezing.

Dermatofibroma Symptoms

  • Found on the lower legs, but may appear on the arms or trunk
  • May be red, pink, purplish, gray or brown and may change colors over time
  • May be as small as a BB pellet but rarely grow larger than a fingernail
  • Often painless but may be tender, painful or itchy
  • The color may change over time
  • itchy or sensitive when touched
  • The red, pink, purplish, gray or brown patches may be seen on the affected area of skin.


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