Carcinoma cuniculatum C44.L5

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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epithelioma cuniculatum; verrucous carcinoma

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Ackerman, 1948; Aird, 1954

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Variant of the spinocellular carcinoma defined by the particular localization (inguinal skin), with a low degree of malignancy. S.a. Carcinoma verrucosum.

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Mostly in men. clustered in the 50th-70th LJ.

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On the feet, mostly in the area of the metatarsal head I, on the toes, medioplantar, on the heel. Also described on the perineum.

Clinical features
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Frequently endophytically (pressure-induced) growing, verrucous, even superficially ulcerating, painful tumor, which is pervaded by deep fistuous crypts and filled with macerated keratin masses. Fetus. No metastatic tendency!

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Mature squamous cell carcinoma with a strong cornification tendency. Strikingly high degree of maturation, extensive absence of nuclear atypia, dyskeratotic cells and low number of mitoses.

Differential diagnosis
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According to the carcinoma verrucosum. Excision with micrographic preparation of the excidate, safe absence of tumor must be guaranteed. The danger of recurrence is high! No radiotherapy, as the tumour is not very sensitive to radiation (danger of radiation ulcer).

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Favourable, with adequate surgical procedure.

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The term "Carcinoma cuniculatum" is increasingly losing its meaning after florid oral papillomatosis together with florid oral papillomatosis, papillomatosis cutis carcinoides and condylomata gigantea were combined to form the term "verrucous carcinoma of the skin/mucosa". In the literature the terms are partly used synonymously, partly also separately listed (histological differentiation between carcinoma cuniculatum and verrucous carcinoma is possible). In the dermatological literature the carcinoma cuniculatum is mainly associated with the infestation of the inguinal skin (sole of the foot) in relation to the location.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020