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August 1930

RHINOPHYMA WITH CARCINOMATOUS DEGENERATION: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

Research Assistant in Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Michigan Medical School ANN ARBOR, MICH.

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the University of Michigan Medical School, service of Dr. Udo J. Wile.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;22(2):270-273. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440140072007
Abstract

Rhinophyma is usually a benign sequel of acne rosacea, causing no trouble other than cosmetic defect. In rare instances, the tumor becomes infected and ulceration takes place. No other serious complications have been reported in the literature. Wende and Bentz1 reported a case in which there were five separate tumors in the same patient. One of these had ulcerated, and a microscopic section showed a basal layer which, as the author stated, "had a suspicious look, resembling carcinoma." This is the only case reported in which there was a suggestion of carcinomatous degeneration in rhinophyma. For this reason, it is of interest to report the following case:

REPORT OF CASE 

History.—  W. W., American, aged 76, entered the University Hospital on May 20, 1929, because of a lesion on the nose. Until recently, his occupation had been that of a blacksmith. His habits were regular and normal. For many

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