This case is reported on account of the rarity of generalized distribution of sebaceous cysts and the errors in diagnosis to which such a condition may lead. Preliminary examination of this case resulted in provisional diagnosis of multiple neurofibromatosis or multiple lipomatosis of the skin.
References in the literature to such cases are few. Stelwagon1 is no doubt right in his statement that such generalized cystic conditions as reported are probably multiple dermoid cysts. Chiari2 reports the case of a man 74 years old who had 175 sebaceous cysts, varying in size from a few millimeters up to 6 by 13 cm. in dimension. None of these tumors occurred on the face. Rafin's3 case was that of a farmer, aged 42, whose mother had had similar tumors. When he was 12 years old cysts appeared on the scrotum. Subsequently their distribution became more general, although there were
CADY LD. A CASE OF GENERALIZED STEATOMA. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;9(1):96–101. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360190099007
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