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Multiple familial trichoepithelioma


Other Names for this Disease

  • Brooke-Fordyce trichoepitheliomas
  • Epithelioma adenoides cysticum
  • Hereditary multiple benign cystic epithelioma
  • Trichoepithelioma multiple familial
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Treatment

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How might multiple familial trichoepithelioma be treated?

Several therapies have been used to treat multiple trichoepitheliomas, with variable results.  A single trichoepithelioma may be treated with surgery.  Cryosurgery or laser surgery may be used to remove multiple trichoepitheliomas.[1][2]  Imiquimod cream has also been used as a treatment for trichoepitheliomas, with some improvement in symptoms.[3]  Other treatments have included dermabrasion, photodynamic therapy, and other medications.[4][5]  However, in most cases, multiple trichoepitheliomas eventually regrow following treatment.[4]
Last updated: 9/23/2014

References
  1. Neff AG, Carter KD. Benign Eyelid Lesions. In: Yanoff & Duker. Ophthalmology, 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby; 2008;
  2. Morelli JG. Tumors of the Skin. In: Kliegman eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 18th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 2007;
  3. Alessi SS, Sanches JA, Oliveira WR, Messina MC, Pimentel ER, Festa Neto C. Treatment of cutaneous tumors with topical 5% imiquimod cream. Clinics. 2009; 64(10):961-966. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19841702. Accessed 9/23/2014.
  4. Prieto VG. Trichoepithelioma Treatment & Management. eMedicine. 2012; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1060049-treatment#a1128. Accessed 9/23/2014.
  5. Trichoepithelioma. DermNet NZ. 2014; http://dermnetnz.org/lesions/trichoepithelioma.html. Accessed 9/23/2014.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Brooke-Fordyce trichoepitheliomas
  • Epithelioma adenoides cysticum
  • Hereditary multiple benign cystic epithelioma
  • Trichoepithelioma multiple familial
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.