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May 2012

Translucent Nasal Papules in a 3-Year-Old Boy—Quiz Case

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SECTION EDITOR: MARY S. STONE, MD; ASSISTANT SECTION EDITORS: SOON BAHRAMI, MD; CARRIE ANN R. CUSACK, MD;c SENAIT W. DYSON, MD; MOLLY A. HINSHAW, MD; ARNI K. KRISTJANSSON, MD

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(5):641-646. doi:10.1001/archderm.148.5.641-c

A 3-year-old boy presented with 10 bluish to translucent domed papules 1 to 3 mm in diameter on the tip of his nose (Figure 1 and Figure 2). His parents had first noticed them when he was 8 months old and had observed an increase in number over time. They did not report any pruritus, and there was no association of the appearance of the papules with physical exercise, heat, or exposure to humidity. The boy was otherwise healthy, and the family history was unremarkable. One of the papules was excised by punch biopsy and histopathologically examined (Figure 3).

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