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Chirurgia 2017 June;30(3):95-7

DOI: 10.23736/S0394-9508.16.04624-6

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

A rare case of epidermoid cyst on plantar face of hallux

Marco PERUZZI 1, Matteo BARTOLI 1, Raffaele VITIELLO 1, Rosanna PALMISANO 1, Damiano ARCIUOLO 2, Marco GALLI 1

1 Istituto di Clinica Ortopedica, Polo di Geriatria, Neuroscienze, Testa-Collo e Ortopedia, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Rome, Italy; 2 Istituto di Anatomia Patologica, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli, Rome, Italy


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The epidermoid cyst (EC) is the most frequent tumoural lesion of cutaneous tissue, it derives from follicular cells and his more common site of development is the scalp. The presence of EC in tissue without hairs is rare, especially in a non-keratinized skin like that of the plantar surface of the foot. The case of a 41-year-old woman with a mass in the plantar aspect of the hallux is reported. The mass was painful during walk and on manual pressure. The lesion (15 x 15 x 9 mm) was surgically excised. Histological analysis confirmed the suspect of EC. We report about the present case because of the rare and atypical finding of a epidermoid cyst occurring at the plantar skin.


KEY WORDS: Foot - Toe joint - Epidermoid cyst

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