Ho JK, 92/No. Imaging of fatty tumors: distinction of lipoma and well-differentiated liposarcoma. A junctional naevus is well-circumscribed, The compound naevus is usually a pink or brown, dome-shaped. Bancroft LW, Benign skin lesions are non-cancerous skin growths that may be pointed out by the patient or discovered during routine skin examinations. Miot HA. Dermoscopy for the family physician. Skin growths are typically characterised as either ‘controlled’ or ‘uncontrolled’. 2002;224(1):99–104. Treatment includes laser ablation or shave excision with electrodesiccation of the base. Junctional naevus. Typical dome-shaped, keratin-filled plug of a keratoacanthoma on the dorsal arm. 2007;46(7):671–678. They usually occur as multiple asymptomatic lesions, most commonly on the trunk and arms. (Concept and original organization courtesy of Scott Bangs, MD, Owatonna Clinic - Mayo Health System) Papular lesions. Int J Dermatol. Thus, the growth is classified as benign (non-cancerous). Address correspondence to James C. Higgins, CAPT, MC, USN, RET, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, 2080 Child St., Jacksonville, FL 32214 (e-mail: james.c.higgins2.civ@mail.mil). Kransdorf MJ, Multiple eruptive dermatofibromas in patients with systemic lupus erythematous treated with prednisone. DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Sebaceous hyperplasia. 1987;174(4):180–183. Characteristics: Fibrous tissue (or scar tissue) that forms following injury to the skin forms a protective scar which can grow excessively to form a smooth, hard growth. Skin tags: localization and frequencies according to sex and age. There is limited teaching on the recog-nition of skin lesions at … Immediate, unlimited access to all AFP content. J Fam Pract. 1977;296(26):1518. Skin-colored to brown papules on narrow stalk, Cryosurgery, electrodesiccation, scissor or shave excision, Do not send multiple specimens in same jar, Cryosurgery should be performed with caution in persons with darker skin; refer patients with eyelid involvement, Dome-shaped, small, bright red to violaceous, soft, compressible papules, Numerous lesions (hundreds) and early onset can occur in Fabry disease, Genetic evaluation for Fabry disease in patients with multiple lesions, Firm, raised, tan to reddish-brown papules or nodules; dimpling with lateral compression, Cellular dermatofibroma, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, Cryosurgery, intralesional steroid injection, laser ablation, punch excision, Abrupt appearance of multiple lesions may occur in persons with human immunodeficiency virus infection or systemic lupus erythematosus, Refer patients with cellular variant and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (deep invasion and metastases), Firm, mobile, subcutaneous nodule with central punctum; painless (unless inflamed), Excision, intralesional steroid injection with interval excision for inflamed cysts, Presence of punctum helps differentiate cysts from lipomas; history helps differentiate between inflamed cyst and abscess (acute), Inflamed cysts and those that have undergone previous incision and drainage can be more difficult to excise; refer patients with facial cysts, Rapidly growing, dome-shaped hyperkeratotic papule on sun-damaged skin, Squamous cell carcinoma, verruca, hypertrophic actinic keratosis, Excision, intralesional injection (methotrexate, fluorouracil, bleomycin), Mohs micrographic surgery, Cannot be histologically differentiated from squamous cell carcinoma, Refer patients with recurrence after complete excision, Epidermal inclusion cyst, liposarcoma, deep hemangioma, Incision or punch excision and manual expression, Ultrasonography can help differentiate lipomas from other deep neoplasms, Use caution with facial lipomas and recurrent lesions after excision, Rapidly growing, yellow to violaceous, friable nodule, often surrounded by scaly collarette, Amelanotic melanoma, Spitz nevus, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, Laser ablation, shave excision with electrodesiccation of base, Send for histologic evaluation to rule out melanoma, Refer patients with recurrent lesions or facial lesions, Dome-shaped papule with central umbilication and uniform yellow lobules on magnification, Chemical cautery, cryosurgery, electrodesiccation, laser ablation, oral isotretinoin, phototherapy, shave excision, Thin shave biopsy can rule out basal cell carcinoma, Basal cell carcinoma is generally red or pink and increases in size, Well-circumscribed, yellow to brown, “stuck-on” papules and plaques, Cryosurgery, curettage, electrodesiccation, laser ablation, shave excision, Consider malignancy workup for abrupt appearance of multiple lesions, Cryosurgery should be performed with caution in persons with darker skin. Palpating an epidermoid cyst, Corns and calluses are localised areas of thickened skin induced by pressure, Corns and calluses Kelsberg G, The majority of the lesions were benign verrucous lesions (78%; n = 87). Epidermoid cyst Sebaceous hyperplasia      Print. 11. 2012;14(2):98–101. Seborrheic keratosis. 19. Am Fam Physician 2003; 67: 729–38. Sari R, They are usually removed because of their rapid growth and tendency to bleed. Whitaker DC. / Objective: To evaluate dermoscopic and clinical characteristics of benign lesions of the genital area in both males and females, and to assess the distinguishing dermoscopic criteria of vulvar melanosis and atypical melanocytic nevi of the genital type. Solar lentigo benign, malignant or premalignant. Skin tags Pariser RJ. Gilmore A, Skin tag, See smartphone apps to check your skin. Black skin lesions may be melanocytic, including nevi and melanoma. Horowitz D. afpserv@aafp.org for copyright questions and/or permission requests. Intralesional chemotherapy for nonmelanoma skin cancer: a practical review. Objective: To assess physician, patient, and skin lesion characteristics that affect the number of benign skin lesions excised by primary care physicians for each skin cancer. Krist A, Am Fam Physician. How well do family physicians manage skin lesions? » Shriner DL, Banik R, Arpey CJ, Swygert KE, 2007;29(6):564–565. Miot LD, Start studying CM: Benign and Malignant Skin Lesions. Gilmore A, DermNet NZ Editor in Chief: Adjunct A/Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand. No treatment is required unless there is a change in size or color, or bleeding or irritation from trauma. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. J Am Acad Dermatol. Segura-Palacios JM, Diagnosing Common Benign Skin Tumors. Zuber TJ. Schwartz RA. Choose a single article, issue, or full-access subscription. Larger studies including a broad range of benign and malignant skin lesions are warranted to investigate the diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of OCT. Inflamed or ruptured cysts often resolve spontaneously without therapy, although they tend to recur. Benign moles and lesions can be all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Dermatofibromas treated with pulsed dye laser: clinical and dermoscopic outcomes. The dermatofibroma is pink, tan or brown. Epidermal inclusion cysts are the most common type of cutaneous cyst. J Fam Pract. Miot LD, VanBeek MJ, Reprints are not available from the authors. Vogt T. Clinical presentation and an update on pathogenesis and treatment options. Bancroft LW, We also searched the National Guideline Clearinghouse, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, UpToDate, and Pepid. Author: Wafaa Binti Mowlabaccus, Medical Student, Department of Medicine, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Moka, Mauritius. Skin lesions are commonly benign in nature. 2002;41(5):279–281. Khachemoune A. Open Access Maced J Med Sci 2018; 6: 2270–5. Tamega AA, Miot HA. Mohler AM, General characteristics of benign skin lesions are: Stable ; Uniform in surface, colour, structure; Often symmetrical in shape; Any bleeding or ulceration is due to recent injury ; Melanoma. In this article, I discuss seborrheic keratosis, stucco keratosis, benign melanocytic nevus, cutaneous horn, actinic keratosis, blue nevus, lentigo, and porokeratosis. Lipomas are soft, flesh-colored nodules that are easily moveable under the overlying skin. Am Fam Physician. Am J Dermatopathol. When considering their various characteristics, it is useful to divide these lesions into melanocytic, keratinocytic, vascular and reactive lesions. They are common in infancy and childhood, and approximately 2% of women develop a mucosal lesion in the late first to second trimester of pregnancy.17. They may grow to 1 to 2 cm over weeks or months. Dermatofibromas result from idiopathic benign proliferation of fibroblasts. Sebaceous hyperplasia on the forehead with the typical umbilicated, lobulated appearance without haphazard blood vessels. A skin biopsy shows fibrohistiocytic cell proliferation with entrapment of. Cashman RE, This clinical content conforms to AAFP criteria for continuing medical education (CME). 25. Solar lentigo Multiple epidermal inclusion cysts are associated with Gardner syndrome, an autosomal dominant condition associated with colon cancer. Cherry angioma To see the full article, log in or purchase access. Burgdorf W. Balci MK. To classify lesions as melanoma or benign nevus, the total dermoscopy score is calculated. 15. Int J Dermatol. Boixeda P, Schmid-Wendtner MH, Common benign skin tumors. Skin problems are commonly encountered in primary care. Although multiple dermatofibromas may be present, large numbers (15 or more) are rare. 13. Generally located on the lower extremities, they may develop at any cutaneous site and range in size from 3 to 10 mm. Certain benign growths can indicate a systemic condition, including hormonal disorders. Kirby JS, Their prevalence is 1%.9, Lipomas must be clinically differentiated from other tumors. 2001;45(1):1–19. Seborrhoeic keratosis presents as a variable warty plaque. Common Benign Skin Tumors. Epidemiologic aspects of seborrheic keratoses. Any changing growths on the skin, including change in color, shape or size, should be seen … Hantash BM. The pyogenic granuloma is surrounded by a scaly collarette. The lesions are mostly uniformly pigmented with a sharp border. Froelich CW, Melanoma in situ involving an epidermal inclusion (infundibular) cyst. They are discrete nodules resulting from the implantation and proliferation of epidermal elements within the dermis. 20. Pyogenic granuloma is a rapidly growing nodule that bleeds easily. High-frequency ultrasonography (greater than 20 MHz) can provide high-resolution images of subcutaneous tumors and surrounding structures.10 The differential diagnosis of lipomas also includes liposarcomas; risk factors for malignancy are size greater than 10 cm, older age, rapid lesion growth, location on the thigh, and invasion into deeper tissue, such as nerve or bone, leading to a firm or fixed feeling on examination. Papule- a small, circumscribed, superficial, solid elevation of the skin, usually conically shaped and less than 1 cm in diameter. They tend to be hereditary and occur after 30 years of age.24 They present as multiple, well-circumscribed, yellow to brown, raised lesions that feel slightly greasy, velvety, or warty and are described as having a “stuck-on” appearance25 (Figure 7). Balci MK. Back to Top. 22. Usatine RP, They tend to be darker at the center and fade to normal skin color at the margin. They are an acquired benign tumor often found on mucous membranes. Isotretinoin as monotherapy for sebaceous hyperplasia. The skin of elderly persons possesses a greater number of benign growths and neoplasms than the skin of younger and middle-aged persons. Luba MC, Because no clinical or pathologic features can reliably differentiate keratoacanthoma from squamous cell carcinoma, early simple excision of lesions is recommended, with margins of 3 to 5 mm. Comparison of dermatolgic diagnoses by primary care practioners and dermatologists. A skin malignancy may destroy the normal architecture of the lid margin. Stevens G, The use of dermoscopy to improve diagnosis has been addressed in a previous article in American Family Physician.4  However, the preferred method of diagnosing skin cancer is physical examination. Kirby JS, Epidermoid cyst Askoxylaki K, 2012;51(2):233–234. Meyers D, A skin tag also called acrochordon, is an extremely common soft benign (harmless) lesion that appears to hang off the skin. Suggested Readings. Some are raised while others are flat, and they can vary in color from flesh tone to black, with reds and blues in between. They have no clinical significance except for cosmesis. The following are descriptions of seven different varieties of raised solid lesions: 1. Whitaker DC. Any individual from any age group can present with a benign skin lesion. Address correspondence to James C. Higgins, CAPT, MC, USN, RET, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, 2080 Child St., Jacksonville, FL 32214 (e-mail: Lowell BA, A person viewing it online may make one printout of the material and may use that printout only for his or her personal, non-commercial reference. Cherry angiomas are extremely common lesions that tend to appear with increasing age. Federman DG, Clin Exp Med. Imaging of fatty tumors: distinction of lipoma and well-differentiated liposarcoma. Inflamed or ruptured cysts often resolve spontaneously without therapy, common questions about Pneumonia in Nursing Residents. 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