March 1967

Rhinophyma With Carcinoma

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC

From the Registry of Dermal Pathology, American Registry of Pathology, and the Dermal Pathology Branch, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC. Maj Acker is presently at the USAF Hospital, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(3):250-254. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600330008002

Forty-seven patients with rhinophyma were studied, five of whom had basal cell carcinoma of the nose. The microscopic changes of rhinophyma are characterized by epidermal epithelial hyperplasia and pilosebaceous gland hyperplasia, fibrosis, inflammation, and telangiectasia of the corium. It would appear that the incidence of basal cell carcinoma in rhinophyma is significantly greater than in the skin of normal noses. This indication of greater incidence among rhinophyma patients should be examined further by a study of the incidence of rhinophyma among basal cell carcinoma patients.