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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-44

Giant solitary trichoepithelioma

1 Department of Surgery, DMWIMS, Wayanad, Kerala, India
2 Department of Surgery, JSS Medical College and Hospital, Mysore, India
3 Department of Surgery, Srinivasa Institute of Medical Science, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Bhavuray Teli
Department of Surgery, DMWIMS, Wayanad, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-330X.149951

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Adnexal tumors like giant solitary trichoepitheliomas are uncommon to most of us to permit a ready familiarity with them. Information regarding the genesis, clinical profile, behavior, and management options for this tumor is limited. There are 18 cases reported in the world literature till date. This review attempts to provide insight to this rare tumor. Our search included indexed literature from Pubmed, Directory of Open Access Journals, Health Inter Network Access to Research Initiative and Google databases in addition to standard dermatology texts. Giant solitary trichoepithelioma is a rare trichogenic tumor with potential for local recurrence. It has predilection for the older age, but may present at any age including at birth. It has close resemblance to basal cell carcinoma and other skin adnexal tumors - clinically, cytologically, and histologically. CD10, CD 34, PHLDA1 but not p75NTR are useful adjunct markers. Surgical excision is the standard treatment. Recurrence and possible transformation into BCC cautions follow up at regular intervals.

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