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Soft Tissue 

Soft Tissue
Chapter:
Soft Tissue
Author(s):

Jad M. Abdelsattar

, Moustafa M. El Khatib

, T. K. Pandian

, Samuel J. Allen

, and David R. Farley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190650506.003.0015
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date: 09 May 2021

The integumentary system is formed from the mesoderm. Skin and its appendages compose the largest bodily organ. The integumentary system and underlying soft tissue (fat, fascia, and muscle) protect the body from damage and infection. Skin lesions are typically asymptomatic, but they occasionally itch, bleed, or ulcerate. Work-up for diagnosis of soft tissue sarcomas includes CT, MRI, and biopsy. First-line treatment for symptomatic benign lipomas is surgical resection. Complications of surgical treatment of malignant tumors of the skin and soft tissue are postoperative bleeding, infection, hematoma, and recurrence.

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