Desmoplastic trichoepithelioma: Report of a case illustrating its natural history

James M. Shehan, Christopher J. Huerter

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First described more than 30 years ago, desmoplastic trichoepithelioma is a rare but benign adnexal neoplasm. Most often identified in middle-aged individuals and females, desmoplastic trichoepithelioma usually is a solitary annular plaque. Though the tumors are benign, the possibility of malignant neoplasm may spark both clinical and histologic concern. A full-thickness skin biopsy is advisable when desmoplastic trichoepithelioma is suspected. A patient's clinical history may provide some clues to help guide diagnosis, as the tumors may be present for years and slow growth is commonly reported. We present a patient with desmoplastic trichoepithelioma that uniquely documents and supports the typical natural history of this tumor, as demonstrated by annual school photographs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-238
Number of pages3
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008

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  • Medicine(all)


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