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August 1959


AMA Arch Derm. 1959;80(2):250-253. doi:10.1001/archderm.1959.01560200118025

Cylindroma (Turban Tumors). Presented by Dr. S. W. Becker and (by invitation) Dr. A. Berman.

This 44-year-old white man developed four tumors on the scalp at the age of 27. They were called "wens" by his local physician and were excised. He remained free of lesions for approximately two years when, while in New Guinea, new tumors appeared on the scalp and rapidly enlarged. Since then, many new lesions have developed. According to the patient, new lesions continue to appear and existing tumors continue to enlarge.

The patient states he has had dengue fever (1942) and malaria (1945). In 1943, a thyroglossal duct cyst was excised. A vasectomy was performed in 1957.

No similar lesions of the scalp are known to have occurred in other members of the family, although a 30-year-old brother has "a few little tumors" in the perinasal folds.

The significant physical findings are

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