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November 1954


Author Affiliations


From the American Oncologic Hospital, (Dr. Castigliano, Chief, Head and Neck Service) and the National Cancer Institute, (Dr. Rominger, formerly Trainee).

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;70(5):590-600. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540230040005

BENIGN calcifying epithelioma of the skin is rarely diagnosed clinically. No doubt this is due to the general lack of familiarity with this uncommon condition. This is understandable, as most of the contributions to the medical literature have been found in European journals. Furthermore, these European reports have dealt chiefly with the pathological aspects rather than the clinical features of the lesion. A recent notable contribution to the American literature is that of Lever and Griesemer18 in 1949.

It is the purpose of this paper to add three cases of benign calcifying epithelioma to the American literature, and to add other additional cases to the world literature. Additionally, certain clinical features of this uncommonly encountered lesion which may be of value in its diagnosis and treatment are stressed.

In an institution such as the American Oncologic Hospital, which is devoted to the treatment of cancer and allied

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