|THROUGH THE DERMOSCOPE
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 222-223
Dermoscopy of trichoepithelioma: A clue to diagnosis
Shilpi Sharma, Payal Chauhan, Naveen K Kansal
Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
|Date of Web Publication||2-May-2018|
Department of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Sharma S, Chauhan P, Kansal NK. Dermoscopy of trichoepithelioma: A clue to diagnosis. Indian Dermatol Online J 2018;9:222-3
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Sharma S, Chauhan P, Kansal NK. Dermoscopy of trichoepithelioma: A clue to diagnosis. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 14];9:222-3. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2018/9/3/222/231708
A 57-year-old female presented with multiple asymptomatic firm, skin-colored, dome-shaped papules distributed primarily along the nasolabial folds, medial part of the eyebrows, forehead and dorsum of nose [Figure 1]. She first noticed the lesions during adolescence, after which they progressively increased in number.
|Figure 1: Dome-shaped papules distributed primarily along the nasolabial folds, nasal dorsum, medial part of eyebrows, and forehead|
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Dermoscopy (DermLite II hybrid m; 3Gen; polarized mode, 10× magnification) of papules revealed arborizing vessels, multiple milia-like cysts, and rosettes amidst a whitish background [Figure 2]a, [Figure 2]b, [Figure 2]c. With the clinical possibility of trichoepithelioma, biopsy was done which revealed islands and nests of basaloid cells along with multiple keratin cysts. Focal areas showed periadenexal lymphocytic infiltrate [Figure 3]a and [Figure 3]b.
|Figure 2: (a) Dermoscopy of trichoepithelioma shows multiple arborizing vessels (red arrows), milia-like cysts (black arrow) over a whitish background (blue diamond) (polarized, ×10). (b) Multiple branching vessels (red arrow) overlying a whitish background (diamond) with milia-like cysts (black arrow) (polarized, ×10). (c) Multiple milia-like cysts (black circles) overlying a whitish background (star) (nonpolarized ×10)|
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|Figure 3: (a) Islands and nest of basaloid cells along with multiple keratin cysts (H and E, ×10). (b) Islands and nest of basaloid cells (H and E, ×40)|
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Trichoepithelioma is a benign neoplasm regarded as poorly differentiated hamartoma of the hair germ cells. It is divided into multiple familial, solitary, and desmoplastic subtypes. Malignant transformation to basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is rare and occurs late in the course of the disease. Dermoscopy findings in our case are in line with those previously described by Navarrete-Dechent et al. in their study.
Although the clinical diagnosis was straight forward in our case, dermoscopy, being a non invasive procedure, is a useful tool for confirming the clinical diagnosis subverting the need for an invasive procedure such as biopsy. This is especially useful as many times patients are unwilling to undergo biopsy because of cosmetic concerns when lesions are on the face. Here, we wish to highlight the importance of dermoscopy in the diagnosis of trichoepithelioma. The dermsocopic finding of various differentials of trichoepithelioma are summarized in [Table 1].
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