Chirurgia plastica

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 151–158 | Cite as

Prognosis of cutaneous angiosarcoma in Japan: A statistical study of sixty-nine cases

  • K. Matsumoto
  • K. Inoue
  • H. Fukamizu
  • H. Okayama
  • M. Takigawa


The prognosis of 69 cases of cutaneous angiosarcoma reported in Japan during 1967–1982 was studied statistically. These cases were followed for a minimum of five years. They included 43 males and 26 females. The mean age was 66.8 years. The lesions were confined to the scalp-face region in 60 cases. There was a history of antecendent trauma at the tumor sites in 14 patients and of irradiation in 2 patients. The sites of metastases in order of frequency were the lung, liver and regional lymph nodes. Sixty-four patients died as a result of their tumor. Mean survival was 13.4 months. Five-year survival rate was 6.1%. Only two patients had long-term, disease-free survival. Duration between the onset and the initial visit, and survival period were not correlative. Tumor size was shown to be an important prognostic factor in the scalpface cases. No type of treatment has been particularly effective.

Key words

Cutaneous angiosarcoma Prognosis Statistical study 


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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Matsumoto
    • 1
  • K. Inoue
    • 1
  • H. Fukamizu
    • 1
  • H. Okayama
    • 1
  • M. Takigawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Unit of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of DermatologyHamamatsu University School of MedicineJapan
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyHamamatsu University School of MedicineHamamatsuJapan

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