Atypical fibroxanthoma of the scalp

Authors

  • Peter J. Anderson MD, FDSRCS (Ed), FRCS,

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    1. Department of Plastic Surgery, Canniesburn Hospital, Switchback Road., Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 1QL, Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Department of Plastic Surgery, Canniesburn Hospital, Switchback Road., Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 1QL, Scotland, United Kingdom
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  • Allan R. McPhaden FRC Path,

    1. Department of Pathology, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 84, Castle Street, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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  • Robert J. Ratcliffe FRCS

    1. Department of Plastic Surgery, Canniesburn Hospital, Switchback Road., Bearsden, Glasgow, G61 1QL, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Abstract

Background

Atypical fibroxanthoma occurs most frequently in the head and neck region of the elderly. Previous reports have identified that the condition usually arises at the following sites: the nose, cheeks, forehead, and the ears; its development at other sites is unusual.

Method

We report a series of 10 cases with lesions all occurring at an apparently unusual site, the scalp, over a 10-year period. We compared the clinical and histologic appearances and behavior of this series with the existing reports of these lesions elsewhere in the head and neck region to investigate whether there were differences with those occurring at a conventional site.

Results

Despite the identification of a range of clinical and histologic findings in our cases, we were unable to find any significant differences with those arising at a conventional site.

Conclusion

This clustering of cases at an apparently unusual site leads us to propose that this condition occurs more commonly on the scalp than current literature suggests. The possibility of its development at this site should be remembered by head and neck surgeons in their differential diagnosis of exophytic lesions of the scalp. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Head Neck 23: 399–403, 2001.

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