What is Myxofibrosarcoma?Myxofibrosarcoma is a rare, slowly growing aggressive tumor that occurs in the soft tissues of the body. It tends to recur, but on very rare occasions it spreads to other parts of the body where it originated from. The limbs (arms, legs) are most often affected. This usually comes from the 2nd layer of the skin. Low-grade myxofibrosarcoma tumors show a good prognosis for treatment.
Disease EpidemiologyMyxofibrosarcoma is more common in the elderly, with an average age of 50 to 70 years. It is slightly more prevalent in males than in females.
Disease EtiologyThere is no well-known cause, but a prior history of trauma or trauma is a risk factor for the development of a tumor in the affected area in the future.
Signs and SymptomsSigns and symptoms depend upon the location of the tumor.
- Most of the small myxofibrosarcoma tumors are painless
- Large myxofibrosarcoma tumors can cause pain or disturbance in the function of the organ.
- In advanced cases symptoms of fever, weight loss and night sweats can be observed.
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis these are
- Diagnostic imaging techniques such as USG, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan can be used to detect the site, size, and extent of the tumor.
- Tumor biopsy
- Histo-pathological examination