Dermatofibroma is a condition of development of nodules on the lower legs of women. It is commonly called as dermal dendrocytoma and nodular sub epidermal fibrosis. The disease is characterized by the formation of fiber like development on the skin which is mostly benign. This condition is found only in women and is widely observed in many patients. It is a well known type of skin tumors attacking women population worldwide.
The cause of formation of dermatofibroma is not known. It may be due to the trauma or injury on the layers of the skin. Sometimes even a bite from insects may trigger the development of fibers on the skin layers. Scientists are not able to establish the causative factor of genetics for this disorder. The condition of dermatofibroma is persistent and hence categorically it cannot be taken as a tissue change.
Formation of round bumps in brownish red color is indicative of this disorder. It affects only the lower leg region. The color of the skin may vary from different colors like yellow, pink, blue, brown or black. The lesion or nodule will look like a small pea causing no serious problem.
Many forms of dermatofibroma will not cause any discomfort or pain to the individual. In some cases, it may cause itching and little pain. Normally the formation of bumps or papules is due to fibroblasts or disordered collagen. In rare cases the benign cells may develop into cancer causing malignant tissue. While shaving the legs, you can observe changes on the layers of skin in the lesion or bump region. Most forms of dermatofibroma are static and remain on the individuals for long time.
Normally dermatofibroma does not require any kind of treatment, but it may exist on the skin permanently. Some doctors will prescribe steroid injection for curing the lesion or bumps. Since the formation of lesion is purely benign some women may opt for cosmetic surgery for removal of dermatofibroma. Cryosurgery is done on the region for removing the lesions. However there is no guarantee that the condition will not recur. Laser treatment of Carbon dioxide is commonly done for treating dermatofibroma.