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Malignant mesenchymal neoplasms of the dermis and subcutis mimicking benign lesions: a case-based review


In this short review, malignant mesenchymal neoplasms of the dermis and subcutis mimicking benign lesions and their differential diagnoses are discussed. These include plaque-like dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, superficial low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma, low-grade superficial malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour, epithelioid sarcoma, pseudomyogenic haemangioendothelioma, Kaposi sarcoma mimicking cavernous haemangioma and benign lymphangioendothelioma, and rare forms of angiosarcoma mimicking a benign vascular lesion.

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Mentzel, T., Brenn, T. Malignant mesenchymal neoplasms of the dermis and subcutis mimicking benign lesions: a case-based review. Virchows Arch 471, 565–574 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00428-017-2187-y

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  • Dermis
  • Mesenchymal neoplasms
  • Sarcomas