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A Journal on Dermatology

Journal of Istituto Dermatologico San Gallicano
Official Journal of the Associazione Dermatologi Ospedalieri Italiani - A.D.O.I.
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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2013 June;15(2):79-82

language: Italian

A case of facial angiosarcoma

De Giacomo P. 1, Ferri R. 1, D’amico D. 1, Filardo A. 2, Tucci L. 2, Valenti G. 1

1 S.O.C Dermatologia e Venereologia, Azienda Ospedaliera “Pugliese Ciaccio”, Catanzaro;
2 S.O.C. Anatomia Patologica, Azienda Ospedaliera “Pugliese Ciaccio”, Catanzaro


The cutaneous angiosarcoma (CA) is a rare soft tissue malignancy that originates from endothelial cells and can locate in any area of the body though the skin is the most common site. Its variable clinical presentation, its frequent benign appearance and its histopathological features make it difficult to diagnose AS. Due to this, but also to its high biological aggressiveness and to its high rate of local recurrence or metastasis it has a poor prognosis. Therefore, only an early diagnosis may allow early treatment and a prognosis improvement. The authors present the case of a male patient aged 78 years who came to their attention and discuss the clinical aspects, pathogenesis and therapy of the case.

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