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May 1999

A Painless Mass on the Tongue of a Young Man

Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(5):593-598. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-5-dof8025

Microscopic examination revealed the presence of acanthosis and interdigitation of elongated rete ridges with extended connective tissue papillae. A dense chronic inflammatory infiltrate was present in the dermis. There was exocytosis of polymorphonuclear cells into the epithelium, with the formation of microabscesses (Figure 2). A periodic acid–Schiff stain showed several intraepithelial yeast forms with pseudohyphae corresponding to Candida albicans (Figure 3).

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