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June 1981

A Possible Histiocytoma in an Egyptian Mummy

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pathology and Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and the Department of Pathology, Wayne County General Hospital, Eloise, Mich. Dr Zimmerman is now with The Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(6):364-365. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650060054025

• This report concerns the finding of a possible histiocytoma in the skin of the heel of an Egyptian mummy. Only two other neoplasms have been diagnosed microscopically in ancient material—a squamous papilloma of the hand in an Egyptian mummy and possible malignant melanomas in several Peruvian mummies. No visceral tumors have ever been identified in mummies, and only a few possible neoplasms have been detected on gross examination of skeletal material. The satisfactory preservation of cutaneous histologic and pathologic features in mummies should encourage the performance of additional studies.

(Arch Dermatol 1981;117:364-365)