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Volume 9, Issue 1-2, Pages 37-41
Case Report

Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans Arising in a Decorative Tattoo

1Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow G4 0SF, Scotland
2Department of Pathology, Monklands District General Hospital, Monkscourt Avenue, ML6 0JS, Scotland
3Flat 3/1, 40 Craigpark Drive, Dennistoun, Glasgow G31 2NP, Scotland

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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.