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August 1976

Atypical Fibroxanthoma Masquerading as Pyogenic Granuloma

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1976;112(8):1155-1157. doi:10.1001/archderm.1976.01630320061019

• An atypical fibroxanthoma on the ear of a 82-year-old man appeared clinically as a pyogenic granuloma. Histopathologically, the lesion had been interpreted as a malignant melanoma before its true nature was identified.

Familiarity with this cutaneous pseudomalignant growth is essential to prevent radical surgical procedures.

(Arch Dermatol 112:1155-1157, 1976)