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February 1977


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Oklahoma City

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(2):232. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640020104016

To the Editor.—  We wish to share with the readers of the Archives an unusual presentation of pilomatrixoma. Two siblings of native American ancestry (Apache), a girl aged 6 and a boy aged 8, came to the Oklahoma University Health Science Center Dermatology Clinic complaining of "bumps and sores." They had been previously seen at a Public Health Service Hospital, Anadarko, Okla, where an x-ray film had been taken of an elongated hard lesion on the girl's back; it showed calcification. History revealed that a pilomatrixoma was removed from her abdomen three years previously. Examination of her midscapular area disclosed a 6 × 1-cm tumor that was hard and faceted. One observer descriptively called the tumor a "chicken bone" under the skin. In light of the history, the x-ray findings, and the clinical findings, it was elected to not remove the lesion to avoid creating an unsightly scar for a

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