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Esperienze Dermatologiche - DERMATOLOGICAL EXPERIENCES 2009 June;11(2):77-9

language: Italian

Keratoacanthoma of the nose treated with imiquimod

Calista D. 1, Cerbone L. 2

1 Unità Operativa di Dermatologia, Ospedale M. Bufalini, Cesena
2 Centro Clinico Plinio, Ercolano, Napoli


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Keratoacanthoma is an infrequent epithelial neoplasia characterised by an objective appearance that is so typical that clinical diagnosis is normally straightforward. The neo-formation generally heals spontaneously, with conspicuous atrophic scarring. Surgical removal is, however, considered the best therapy, both because it makes histological verification of the diagnosis possible and because it produces an esthetically more acceptable scar. Recent reports suggest that imiquimod is effective in the treatment of keratoacanthoma. We report the case of a patient suffering from a giant keratoacanthoma on the face successfully treated with imiquimod.

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