Indian Journal of Dermatology
CASE REPORT
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74--76

Keratoacanthoma centrifugum marginatum at an unusual site


Meghana M Phiske, Ganesh Avhad, HR Jerajani 
 Department of Dermatogology, L.T.M. Medical College and General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Meghana M Phiske
N-17, Sector-7, Vashi, Navi Mumbai - 400 703
India

Abstract

Keratoacanthoma (KA) is a rapidly evolving tumor, composed of keratinizing squamous cells originating in pilosebaceous follicles and resolving spontaneously if left untreated. It is relatively uncommon in dark-skinned and occurs in middle aged individuals. Males are three times more affected than females. It presents as firm, rounded, flesh-colored or reddish papule; with a rapid growth phase followed by spontaneous healing over three months. Two types of KA exist i.e., solitary and multiple. There are three rare clinical variants of solitary KA, namely giant KA, keratoacanthoma centrifugum marginatum (KCM) and subungual KA. In KCM, lesions are large, reaching upto 20cms. There is peripheral extension with raised, rolled border and atrophy in the center. There is no tendency toward spontaneous involution. The most common locations are dorsa of hands and legs, lesions on scalp being rare. A rare case of KCM occurring on scalp which is an unusual site is reported.



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Phiske MM, Avhad G, Jerajani H R. Keratoacanthoma centrifugum marginatum at an unusual site.Indian J Dermatol 2013;58:74-76


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 Introduction



Keratoacanthoma (KA) is a rapidly evolving tumor, composed of keratinizing squamous cells originating in pilosebaceous follicles and resolving spontaneously if left untreated. It is relatively common, especially in whites occurring in middle age while being uncommon in dark-skinned. Males are three times more affected than females. It presents as firm, rounded, flesh-colored or reddish papule; with a rapid growth phase becoming 10-20 mm and then spontaneous healing taking place over three months. [1] Two types of KA exist i.e., solitary and multiple. There are three rare clinical variants of solitary KA, namely giant KA, keratoacanthoma centrifugum marginatum (KCM) and subungual KA. In KCM, lesions are large, reaching upto 20 cms. There is peripheral extension with raised, rolled border and atrophy in the center. There is no tendency toward spontaneous involution. The most common locations are dorsa of hands and legs, lesions on scalp being rare. [2] We report a rare case of KCM occurring on the scalp which is an unusual site.

 Case Report



A 62-year-old male, watchman by occupation presented with asymptomatic raised lesion on scalp since one year. He gave a history of excessive sun exposure but denied prior trauma. Lesion had developed de novo, as a pea sized lesion with gradual increase to cover entire vertex. A surgical intervention done subsequently resulted in development of a non-healing ulcer. He did not have any systemic complaints. Cutaneous examination revealed a single, irregular, 12 × 15 cm, yellowish plaque on vertex of scalp with nodular surface and a central crater [Figure 1]. On palpation, the plaque was firm, non-tender, non-indurated and not attached to underlying structure. Multiple seborrheic keratosis of various sizes were seen on bilateral temple area and forehead. There was no regional and systemic lymphadenopathy. His haemogram, chemistry profile, X-ray chest and skull were normal. CT scan of brain did not show any abnormality. Ultrasonography of lesion showed ill defined hypo echoic mass involving epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue.{Figure 1}

Deep punch biopsy revealed exoendophytic, globular, well circumscribed central cup shaped crater, epidermal invagination with marked hyperkeratosis and horn cyst with rich keratin filled crater imparting glassy appearance and well demarcated regular base . Epidermis formed buttress over the pseudhorn cyst [Figure 2] and [Figure 3]. Dense nodular lymphocytic infiltrate was seen in the upper dermis [Figure 4]. Deeper dermis, appendegeal structures and subcutaneous tissue were unremarkable. Marked epidermal proliferation with crater formation with horn pearls and inflammatory infiltrate at the base of the lesion was suggestive of a fully developed lesion of KCM. Complete surgical excision with grafting was done successfully with dramatic improvement with no recurrence at 9 months [Figure 5].{Figure 2}{Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}

 Discussion



Keratoacanthoma centrifugum marginatum was first described in 1965 by Belisario as a separate entity. [3] It is rare with only 31 cases reported in the world literature. It is an acquired disorder of adulthood with no genetic predisposition. [4] The etiology is multifactorial that includes chronic ultraviolet ray exposure, smoking, contact with chemical carcinogens like pitch, mineral oil, tar, trauma and vaccination. [5] The role of human papilloma virus remains inconclusive but in one study, HPV type 6 and 11 were detected within the lesion. [6] It has never been described in association with visceral malignancy. There were no cases that had a malignant evolution with metastases. This favors the hypothesis supporting the benignity of KCM. [7] It can be localized to any region of the body but is more frequently seen on dorsum of hands and legs. [8]

Progressive peripheral extension with a raised rolled-out margin and atrophy at the centre is a characteristic feature of KCM. The margin of the lesion showing multiple comedonal orifices giving rise to a cribriform pattern may represent a unique phenomenon of KCM. It is hypothesized that this typical appearance may arise as a result of sequential involvement of multiple adjacent hair follicles in a centrifugal fashion. [9]

KCM does not show tendency for spontaneous regression, a feature also seen in giant KA, which grows rapidly reaching a size of 5 cm or more and occurring commonly on nose and eyelids. KCM is differentiated from giant KA by absence of downward vertical spread and destruction of underlying tissue. Nevertheless, in giant KA spontaneous involution takes place after several months, often accompanied by detachment of a large keratotic plaque. [10] The other differential diagnoses include squamous cell carcinoma, lupus vulgaris, botryomycosis, blastomycosis-like pyoderma and pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia, hypertrophic lupus erythematosus, atypical mycobacterial infections, or deep fungal infections. [10]

There are reports that KCM has been treated successfully with oral retinoids (acitretin, etretinate, or isotretinoin 0.5-1 mg/kg/day) which should be given until complete clearance of lesion.Surgical intervention is a preferred mode of therapy keeping in mind that a wide excision is performed to prevent subsequent recurrence. If surgery is not possible radiation therapy can be considered. Other treatment modalities successfully used include topical 5-fluorouracil, intralesional injections of interferon alpha, methotrexate, or bleomycin, or Mohs micrographic surgery.

In KCM, lesions are usually too large for excisional biopsy for diagnosis, but certain characteristic features like clinical behavior, appearance of lesions, histological features (hyperkeratosis and hyperplasia), and cytological features (tumor cells with eosinophilic and glassy cytoplasm, few mitoses) help clinch the correct diagnosis.

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