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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2002 February;137(1):41-3

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Multinucleate cell angiohistiocytoma. A case report

Simonetti S., Diaz Fernandez V., Bruno A., Tomassini G. M., Vernata A., Calandra P.

Università degli Studi - Perugia Dipartimento delle Specialità medico-chirurgiche Sezione di Dermatologia e Venereologia, Perugia


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Multinucleate cell angiohistiocytoma is a rare benign vascular tumor, often confused with Kaposi’s sarcoma, first described in 1985. Clinically it is characterized by violaceous papules on acral sites and face, in elderly women. Histological examination shows an increased number of blood vessels together with mononucleated and multinucleated histiocyte-like cells in the dermis. A case of this disorder observed in a 56-year-old woman is reported. This patient was at the same time affected by typical erythema annulare centrifugum which was observed, in other sites, also before the onset of angiohistiocytoma. No therapy was performed.

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