|Proliferating trichilemmal tumor of the nose.|
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|Proliferating trichilemmal tumor is a rare tumor originating in the external root sheath, that is usually found in the scalp of middle-aged or elderly females. Its histologic appearance may not correlate with its clinical behavior. In addition, there are no guidelines available for the treatment of these tumors, making its management a challenge for physicians. We report the case of a 53 year-old woman with a proliferating trichilemmal tumor on her nose, which is a very uncommon location for these lesions.|
|Aristóteles Rosmaninho; Mónica Caetano; Ana Oliveira; Teresa Pinto de Almeida; Manuela Selores; Rosário Alves|
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|Type: Journal Article|
|Title: Anais brasileiros de dermatologia Volume: 87 ISSN: 1806-4841 ISO Abbreviation: An Bras Dermatol Publication Date: 2012 Dec|
|Created Date: 2012-11-30 Completed Date: - Revised Date: -|
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|Nlm Unique ID: 0067662 Medline TA: An Bras Dermatol Country: Brazil|
|Languages: eng Pagination: 914-6 Citation Subset: IM|
|Dermatovenereology Service, Hospital Santo António, Porto Hospital Center, Porto, Portugal.|
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Journal ID (nlm-ta): An Bras Dermatol
Journal ID (iso-abbrev): An Bras Dermatol
Journal ID (publisher-id): An. bras. dermatol.
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Dermatologia
http://www.anaisdedermatologia.org.brhttp://www.scielo.br/abd©2012 by Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Received Day: 07 Month: 9 Year: 2011
Accepted Day: 08 Month: 11 Year: 2011
Print publication date: Season: Nov-Dec Year: 2012
Volume: 87 Issue: 6
First Page: 914 Last Page: 916
PubMed Id: 23197215
|Proliferating trichilemmal tumor of the nose*|
|Teresa Pinto de Almeida1|
1MD - Intern of Dermatovenereology - Dermatovenereology Service of the
Porto Hospital Center - Hospital Santo António (EPE-HSA) - Porto, Portugal
2MD - Hospital Assistant of Dermatovenereology - Dermatovenereology
Service of the Porto Hospital Center - Hospital Santo António (EPE-HSA) - Porto,
3MD - Director of the Dermatovenereology Service of the Porto Hospital
Center - Hospital Santo António (EPE-HSA) - Porto, Portugal
|Correspondence: Mailing address: Aristóteles Rosmaninho, Edifício das
Consultas Externas, Rua D. Manuel II, s/nº, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal, E-mail:
Proliferating trichilemmal tumor (PTT) is a rare, usually benign tumor of external root sheath derivation and have been reported with varying nomenclature, e.g., invasive pilomatrixioma, proliferating epidermoid cyst, trichoclamydocarcinoma, pilar tumor. 1,2 They are slow growing lobular tumors, whose histologic hallmark is the presence of trichilemmal keratinization. 3 Tumors with an invasive growth pattern or cytologic atypia have an unpredictable course and may be locally aggressive or metastasize. Thus, it has been suggested that even the classical PTT should be considered as carcinoma. 4
A 53-year-old woman presented with a one-year history of a gradually enlarging lesion on the nose that was otherwise asymptomatic. The lesion had evidently been growing in the last 3 months. She denied trauma or insect bite at this location. Her medical history was unremarkable. On physical examination a localized, non-painful skin colored nodule with a smooth surface, soft consistency, measuring 0.5 x 0.5 cm (Figure 1) was observed on the nose. There were no palpable adenomegalies. Total lesion surgical excision with a 0.5 cm margin of normal tissue was performed. Hematoxylin-eosin stain revealed a multilobular, noncapsulated tumor occupying all the dermis (Figure 2A). Lobules were formed by peripheral palisading of small basaloid cells, differentiating towards large keratinocytes with ample eosinophilic cytoplasm and abrupt keratinization without a granular layer (Figure 2B). Areas of calcification with cholesterol crystals were observed within the compact eosinophilic keratin (Figure 3A). The tumor cells showed moderate nuclear atypia and scarce mitoses (Figure 3B). This was consistent with PTT. Wide surgical excision with a 1 cm margin of normal tissue was performed and no relapse was observed during the 8-month period of follow-up.
PTT is more frequent in middle-aged women and more than 90% of the lesions are localized on the scalp but the face, trunk, back, wrist and vulva can also be affected.1,2,5 Etiopathogenesis remains unknown but in most cases it appears to developed within the wall of a pre-existenting pilar cyst as complication of trauma and inflammation. 6 It has also been reported to develop in nevus sebaceous and human papillomavirus has also been implicated. 7 Nevertheless, PTT can occur de novo, as in our report. 6 Histologically it occurs on a morphologic continuum, resembling the pilar cyst on one end of the spectrum and with features of malignant neoplasms on the other end. 6 In addition to typical pilar cyst characteristics, extensive keratinocyte proliferation, variable cytologic atypia and mitotic activity are present. Brownstein et al concluded that the most characteristic feature of PTTs was trichilemmal keratinization. 6 It is accepted that cytologic atypia may be present in PTT that ultimately have a benign behaviour. However, the malignant variant also shows cytologic atypia and mitotic activity. This issue remains controversial since tumors with little or no cytologic atypia may be aggressive, showing that their histologic appearance does not necessarily correlate with their biological behaviour. 4 Therefore, as proposed by some authors, it is advisable to consider PTTs with those features as being at high risk of malignant transformation. 2 It has been proposed that a nonscalp location, recent rapid growth, size larger than 5 cm, infiltrative growth and important cytologic atypia with mitotic activity should be regarded as malignancy. 2 Infiltrating tumors with marked atypia and pleomorphism may be histologically mistaken as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and trichilemmal carcinoma (TC). Trichilemmal-type keratinization, calcification, eosinophilic hyaline membrane surrounding the tumor, ordinary trichilemmal cyst, lack of a precursory epidermal lesion are all indicators of PTT rather than SCC. 6 It is important to distinguish TC from the malignant variant of PTT, because the first does not have metastatic potential. TC is centered around a pilosebaceous unit and is composed of cytologically atypical, glycogen-containing or pale clear cell with basilar or full-thickness interfollicular epidermal spread; there is always a connection to the epidermis. 8 Due to its rarity there are no guidelines available for the management of these tumors. However, complete local excision with long-term follow-up is still the standard treatment. 9 A one-centimeter margin of normal tissue is recommended for the malignant variant. 10 In summary, this is a case of a rare tumor on an uncommon location, with uncertain clinic behaviour and prognosis, which may represent a challenge when dealing with those lesions.
Conflict of interest: None
Financial funding: None
fn01* Study carried out at the Dermatovenereology Service of the Porto Hospital Center - Hospital Santo António (EPE-HSA) - Porto, Portugal.
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Keywords: Cysts, Nose neoplasms, Skin.
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