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May 1983

Vascular Leiomyoma of the Auricle

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Hamamatsu (Japan) University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(5):445-446. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650290085024

Vascular leiomyoma arises from the muscle coat of blood vessels and is mainly seen as a solitary nodule on an extremity, usually the lower part of the leg, in middle-aged and elderly persons.1 We report an unusual case of an 18-year-old man who had such a tumor on his right auricle.

Report of a Case  A 18-year-old man was referred to us for evaluation of a tumor on his right auricle. A pea-sized, skin-colored mass, first noted six years previously, had slowly increased in size and become purple. There was no history of antecedent trauma.Examination of the patient disclosed a soft, broad-based, nontender, well-circumscribed, mobile, nonpulsatile, purple mass on the right auricle (Fig 1). It measured 1.3 × 1.2 cm. Routine laboratory tests, including urinalysis, CBC count, blood chemistries, and chest roentgenogram were all within normal limits. An excisional biopsy was performed, followed by a full-thickness graft of

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