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DefinitionThis section has been translated automatically.
Initially fast-growing (according to typical history usually lasting a few weeks), solitary, more rarely in plural, then also in the context of syndromes (see classification below; see Leblebici C et al. 2017) or under immunotherapy (e.g. with pembrolizumab/Freites-Martinez et al.2017), 1.0 to a maximum of 3.0 cm in size, solid, epithelial tumor that develops from the hair follicle or the surface epithelium of the skin (rarely the mucosa), initially grows infiltratively, and may have a spontaneous regression tendency after weeks to months with the expulsion of a central horny plug (the growth behavior is interpreted as analogous to the hair cycle).
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ClassificationThis section has been translated automatically.
Besides the classical type of keratoacanthoma, different clinical variants have been described. All variants show an identical histological picture and differ only in their macro-morphological pattern, their localization (e.g. in subungual KA) and their growth behavior (destructive variants).
- Clinical variants of keratoacanthoma:
- KA, solitary:
- KA, classical type (description see here).
- KA, squamous type.
- KA, multiple:
- Keratoacanthomas, multiple in genetic syndromes:
- KA, destructive:
- KA, destructive, subungual
- KA, destructive, aggregated
- KA, multiple, destructive
- Keratoacanthoma marginatum centrifugum (Miedzinski-Kozakiewicz type).
- KA, destructive, giant keratoacanthoma.
- KA, solitary:
EtiopathogenesisThis section has been translated automatically.
Unexplained. Mostly after chronic actinic noxae (predominant occurrence in light-exposed areas), also after mechanical trauma, after contact with chemical carcinogens, in immunosuppression as well as paraneoplastic in neoplasms of internal organs (especially of the intestinal tract).
Genetic factor: occurrence of multiple KA in genetic syndromes (see classification).
The pathogenetic significance of HPV (HPV 25), especially in multiple CA, is still unclear.
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Manifestation rarely before the 20th LJ, more frequent in men from the age of 55 (frequency peaks between 50th-79th LJ). More frequent occurrence is observed in immunocompromised persons. Men are affected about twice as often as women.
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Light-exposed areas of fair-skinned persons, especially face, also back of the hand. Palms of hands and soles of feet remain free, as do mucous membranes.
Clinical featuresThis section has been translated automatically.
The classic keratoacanthoma described here appears as a solitary, 0.5 cm to a maximum of 3.0 cm (literature: in individual cases up to 9.0 cm!) large, spherically bulging, hard, red or red-brown, centrally dented, painless nodule (or nodule), the surface of which is permeated by telangiectasias.
Typically, there is a mound-like raised rim lip-like surrounding the central grayish-yellow keratotic plug.
The keratoacanthoma is easily displaced on its base.
Typically, a three-phase clinical course is observed:
- Stage of proliferation (duration about 2-6 weeks) with rapid growth (period of clinical presentation).
- stage of maturation (static phase; duration undetermined)
- Stage of regression (this phase is controversial and should not be waited for).
Multiple keratoacanthomas are described as 0.1-1.2 cm solid, skin-colored to reddish papules and nodules.
Giant keratoacanthoma (also called keroacanthoma giganteum) shows unusual oversized (up to 10 cm) growth in size with typical clinical and histologic morphology.
Keratoacanthoma marginatum centrifugum, is an unusual variant of giant keratoacanthoma and is characterized by a plate-like appearance with a lack of regression tendency in the marginal area of the tumor.
HistologyThis section has been translated automatically.
Histological differentiation from squamous cell carcinoma in punch biopsies or partial excisional data is not possible. In this respect, the histological diagnosis of KA can only be made if it presents in its typical histomorphological shape.
In this case, a central horny plug is seen, which is lipped by broad epidermal tumor proliferates. The tumor proliferates show infiltrative and destructive growth. The surrounding connective tissue is markedly fibrosed as well as vigorously round cell infiltrated. The basal keratinocytes are markedly enlarged and show a vigorous eosinophilic cytoplasm. Especially in the proliferation stage the basal tumor parts are clearly cell and nucleus polymorphic with single cell dyskeratosis and numerous pathological mitoses. In addition, small horny beads with concentrically stratified keratinocytes. The number of mitoses varies and is markedly increased in young KA and only moderately increased in older KA. In older KA, there is an increasing inflammatory component in the tumor parenchyma with microabscesses of eosinophilic and neutrophilic leukocytes as well as isolated giant cells of the foreign body type.
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Excision is the 1st choice therapy. Safety distance to the side and to the depth of 2-3 mm.
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Note(s)This section has been translated automatically.
Keratoacanthoma is neither clinically nor histologically clearly distinguishable from spinocellular squamous cell carcinoma. Significant is the short duration of existence of a few weeks!
In this respect, it is not advisable to wait for the tumor to "heal itself".
LiteratureThis section has been translated automatically.
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