Also known as pilomatrixoma, Pilomatricoma is a condition that is considered to be a type of noncancerous (benign) skin tumour associated with hair follicles.Pilomatricomas occur most often on the head or neck, although they can also be found on the arms, torso, or legs. The condition does not show any significant symptoms but can be associated with the conditions such as Gardner syndrome.
HOW IS PILOMATRICOMA DIAGNOSED?
The general physician will diagnose the condition by evaluating the skin lesions that appear at the site of the hair follicles. Ultrasound scan may be recommended and a skin biopsy would be needed for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS PILOMATRICOMA TREATED?
Treatment for Pilomatricoma usually requires surgical care. If they are not removed the right way or from the root, there is a chance of it recurring. In other cases, laser surgery is done. Nitrogen is also used in removing these Pilomatricoma from certain parts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Most pilomatricomas occur in people under the age of 20. However, these tumors can also appear later in life. Almost all pilomatricomas are benign, but a very small percentage are cancerous (malignant). Unlike the benign form, the malignant version of this tumor (known as a pilomatrix carcinoma) occurs most often in middle age or late in life.