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Esperienze Dermatologiche 2010 March;12(1):27-31

language: English, Italian

A case of neurothekeoma of the face

Scalvenzi M. 1, Balato A. 1, Falleti J. 2, Costa C. 1, Francia M. G. 1

1 Dipartimento di Dermatologia, Università di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli, Italia
2 Dipartimento di Patologia, Università di Napoli “Federico II”, Napoli, Italia


Neurothekeoma (NK) is an uncommon benign tumor described for the first time by Harkin and Reed in 1969. Its origin is unknown; some authors consider it deriving from Schwann cells, whereas others state that peripheric nerves, fibroblasts and muscles could be responsible. NK must be differentiated from fibrohistiocytic tumors such as fibromyxoma, neurofibroma, dermatofibroma and melanocytic lesions such as melanoma, Spitz nevus and blu nevus. NK arises on head, face and upper extremities especially in young people. Surgical excision is the only treatment available. We present a case of a 16-year-old female arrived to our department with an asymptomatic slowly growing red colored dermal nodule located on the chin with superficial teleangiectasias.

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