Background: Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is an uncommon, locally aggressive malignancy with wide local excision (WLE) or Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) representing the treatment of choice. This article illustrates the experience of a single academic institution in treating DFSP with MMS and adds two particularly large, difficult closures of the glabella/central forehead and sternum to the body of literature.
Objective: To report the results of 15 patients with DFSP treated with MMS over a five-year period by a single Mohs surgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
Methods: A total of 15 patients between the ages of 16 and 80 years were diagnosed with DFSP and treated with MMS and were contacted in October 2021 to assess for recurrence.
Results: None of the 15 patients had a recurrence of DFSP following MMS, with a mean follow-up interval of 22.4 months and an average of 1.93 Mohs layers required for tumor clearance.
Conclusion: This experience reaffirms that MMS is an effective treatment for DFSP and adds additional examples of closure techniques of large, ovoid surgical defects on the glabella/central forehead and sternum to the literature.
dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, dermatopathology, dfsp, glabella, mms, mohs micrographic surgery, mohs surgery, sternum
St. Clair B, Clark A, Rollins B, Jennings TA. Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans in 15 Patients: The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Experience. Cureus. 2022; 14(4). doi: 10.7759/cureus.24147.