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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2014 June;149(3):341-6

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Clinically and/or histologically pigmented poromas in Caucasian patients

Betti R. 1, Bombonato C. 1, Cerri A. 1, Moneghini L. 2, Abramo P. 1, Menni S. 1

1 Dermatologic Clinic, Department of Health Sciences, University of Milan, San Paolo Hospital, Milan, Italy;
2 Department of Health Sciences, Division of Pathology, University of Milan, San Paolo Hospital, Milan, Italy


AIM: Pigmented poromas are rarely reported and considered to be more common in non-white people and on non-acral sites. Objective of the present study was to report our cases of pigmented poromas with particular attention to the presence of clinical and/or microscopic evidence of pigmentation, their characteristics and the diagnostic pitfall with other pathologies.
METHODS: All the histologically confirmed poromas observed from January 1994 to July 2012 were considered. Clinic-epidemiological data were collected. The presence of clinical pigmentation was recorded as well as the presence of melanin pigmentation or melanocytes in the histologic specimens.
RESULTS: One hundred and one patients with poromas were collected. All the patients were Caucasians. All the lesions were solitary. Only three patients had a clinically visible pigmented poromas. In eight cases the presence of melanin and melanocytes did not produce a clinically visible pigmentation. All the poromas with pigmentation did not occur on palmo-plantar surfaces.
CONCLUSION: Pigmented poromas may be observed even in Caucasian patients and their clinical aspect mimic basal cell carcinoma and/or melanoma. The presence of pigment visible at the histology may not be observed in the clinical expression. The absence of pigmentation on palmo-plantar location is confirmed in all the reported cases.

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