Pilomatricoma, also known as Pilomatrixoma, is a benign skin tumor derived from the hair matrix. Pilomatricoma usually occurs without other signs and symptoms but this type of tumor has also rarely been reported with inherited conditions. Disorders that can be associated with Pilomatricoma include Gardner Syndrome, which is characterized by multiple growths and cancers of the colon and rectum and Myotonic Dystrophy, which is a form of muscular dystrophy.
HOW IS PILOMATRICOMA DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Pilomatricoma is based on symptoms and complete examination. In order to rule out other skin tumors, dermatologists may order for a CT-scan. Biopsy of the affected area may be taken to confirm diagnosis. In some cases the entire tumor is surgically removed for diagnosis.
HOW IS PILOMATRICOMA TREATED?
Complete removal of the tumor is recommended for treating Pilomatricoma. Doctor’s need to completely remove the tumor without any traces, which result in reappearance of the tumor
DID YOU KNOW?
Pilomatricoma usually occurs in people under the age of 20.