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What is the cause and treatment of dermatofibroma?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: What could this be it is on my daughter's arm and it won't go away she doesn't complain that it hurts or nothing
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Dermatofibroma; Provide more information

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic

I am Dr. Kakkar. I have gone through your query and I have understood it. I have looked at the image.

I would keep a possibility of a Dermatofibroma

Though I would like to gather some more information from you in order to be able to guide you better.

-Since how long have you been noticing it?
-Does it itch? Does she scratch?

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. (6 hours later)
It's been there for like 2 months now, no she never scratches at it or nothing ... what is that dermatofibroma? is it dangerous? :(
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (4 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Dermatofibroma

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Dermatofibroma is a benign growth, It frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present. Usually dermatofibromas appear alone.

On palpation, the hard nodule may feel like a small pebble fixed. A dermatofibroma usually dimple inward when pinched.

Possible causes of dermatofibroma are: A minor injury in the form of a prick, insect bite etc

Dermatofibroma are best ignored. They are not dangerous

However, Dermatofibroma can be removed surgically by excision biopsy, and subsequently sent for histopathological confirmation.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. (2 minutes later)
OK thanks it feels like hard little bit to the touch, and when I squeeze it it like pops to the surface
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Dermatofibroma

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Dermatofibroma is the most likely possibility.

It can be left as it is.

However, if removal is desired, it can to be easily excised, under local anesthesia.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Dermatofibroma; Provide more information Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic I am Dr. Kakkar. I have gone through your query and I have understood it. I have looked at the image. I would keep a possibility of a Dermatofibroma Though I would like to gather some more information from you in order to be able to guide you better. -Since how long have you been noticing it? -Does it itch? Does she scratch? Regards