What is Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma of the Skin?Malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the skin is a rare type of soft tissue cancer but may also develop in the bones. It usually affects the soft tissues of arms, legs, back, and abdomen and may originate from any part of the body.
Disease CausesThere is no well-known cause however certain hereditary and genetic mutations along with the history of radiotherapy are the important contributing risk factors for the development of malignant fibrous histiocytoma. It is more common in males as compared to females.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Restricted movement of arm or leg
- Pain in the arm or leg due to the compression of muscles or nerves in the affected limb
- Difficulty in walking
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Physical examination of the skin to see the site, size, and extent of the tumor
- Dermoscopy (the examination of a skin lesion with a dermo-scope)
- Biopsy of the lesion and histopathology
- Imaging tests such as X-ray, USG, CT-Scan, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the head neck, arm, legs, and chest to see the extent of the lesion or tumor.