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Dermal eccrine cylindroma


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Overview

Cylindromas are non-cancerous (benigntumors that develop from the skin.[1] They most commonly occur on the head and neck and rarely become cancerous (malignant).  An individual can develop one or many cylindromas; if a person develops only one, the cylindroma likely occurred by chance and typically is not inherited.[1] They usually begin to form during mid-adulthood as a slow-growing, rubbery nodule that causes no symptoms. The development of multiple cylindromas can be hereditary and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner; this condition is called familial cylindromatosis.[1]  Individuals with the inherited form begin to develop many, rounded nodules of various size shortly after puberty. The tumors grow very slowly and increase in number over time.[1]
Last updated: 2/18/2015

References

  1. Scheinfeld NS. Cylindroma. Medscape Reference. January 13, 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1056630-overview#a0101. Accessed 2/18/2015.
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