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Benign epithelial tumors

These neoplasms are widespread and, although they can cause significant psychological discomfort, they, as a rule, are not accompanied by any serious consequences. Benign tumors, originating from stratified squamous epithelium, keratinocytes of the hair follicles and the ductal lining of the skin glands, in the process of growth can reproduce the same layered structures as those from which they arise. Clinically, they can often be confused with malignant tumors, especially when they are pigmented or inflamed, so a histological examination of biopsy specimens is necessary for diagnosis.

Seborrheic keratoses. These are very common epidermal tumors that appear more often in middle age or in elderly people. They occur spontaneously and can be especially numerous on the skin of the body, and the skin of the limbs, head and neck may be affected. In non-European people, multiple small neoplasms on the face are called papular black dermatosis (dermatosis papulosa nigra).

Seborrheic keratoses (they are also called senile warts or senile keratoses) have characteristic features. They are round flat coin-shaped plaques, the diameter of which varies from a few millimeters to several centimeters. Such papules have a uniform dark brown color and, as a rule, a velvety or grainy surface. These tumors can leave the impression of warts attached to the skin, which can be removed as a peel. Examining them with a handheld magnifier makes it possible to detect small, round, pore-like stomata, occluded by keratin (a sign necessary to distinguish these pigment formations from melanomas). Occasionally, multiple lesions in seborrheic keratoses are so pronounced (recurrent pigmented spots and warts) that they are regarded as part of the paraneoplastic syndrome, or Leser — Trell symptom (E.Leser, U.Trelat). This symptom can be determined due to the presence of malignant melanoma. It is known that such a melanoma can produce a transforming growth factor-a (a factor closely related to epidermal growth factor). Since this factor interacts with receptors on basal keratinocytes, it is believed that seborrheic keratoses in individuals with Leser – Trell symptom may play a certain pathogenetic role in the development of melanoma.

Exophytic seborrheic keratoses are clearly restricted from the adjacent epidermis tissue. They are constructed from complexes consisting of small cells that are similar to the cells of the basal layer of the normal epidermis. In the cytoplasm of basaloid cells, a different amount of melanin is found, mostly dark brown. On the surface of seborrheic keratosis, one can see signs of excessive keratin production (hyperkeratosis). In particular, small, keratin-filled cysts (horn cysts) and signs of keratin penetration into the main mass of the tumor (pseudo-horn cysts) are very characteristic (Fig. 25.6). If seborrheic keratosis is subjected to prolonged mechanical irritation or inflammation, epidermization occurs in them (squamous metaplasia). When the epithelium of the hair follicles is involved in the tumor process, seborrheic keratosis can become endophytic in nature. Such varieties are called inverted follicular keratosis.

Black acanthosis (acanthosis nigricans). These are thickened (villous or warty) epidermis neoplasms of black color. Affected skin in the neck, armpits, external genital organs, perineum, anus and inguinal-hip folds. The black thickening indicated is often symmetrical. Black acanthosis is considered to be a diagnostically valuable skin marker of

Fig. 25.6.

Seborrheic keratosis

(basal cell papilloma, senile wart).

And - a general view of a tumor in the form of a plaque; B - detail of the structure of the tumor; black masses in the stroma and parenchyma of the neoplasm are melanin deposits.

anyone with a combined benign and malignant neoplasm. According to the nature of the combined process, it is divided into two types. The benign type, which makes up 80% of all cases of black acanthosis, develops gradually and usually occurs in childhood or during puberty. It can develop as an autosomal dominant disease with varying degrees of penetrance; secondary process in obesity or endocrine disorders (in particular, in tumors of the pituitary and pineal body), as well as in diabetes mellitus; one of the manifestations of rare congenital syndromes. Now about the malignant type. Like seborrheic keratosis (see above), black acanthosis may be due to the abnormal production of various tumors of factors that stimulate epidermal growth. Thus, in middle-aged or elderly people, this formation is often found simultaneously with a malignant tumor, especially adenocarcinoma of an organ. The occurrence of black acanthosis may precede the appearance of a malignant neoplasm. Therefore, timely diagnosis of this tumor has a great clinical and prognostic value.

Both types of black acanthosis have similar histological features. The outer line of the epidermis is severely twisted due to numerous and recurring elevations and depressions. Areas of hyperplasia of the epidermis, expressed in varying degrees, as well as areas of hyperkeratosis and minor hyperpigmentation (but not melanocytic hyperplasia) of the cells of the basal layer are determined.

Fibroepithelial polyp. This is a benign tumor of the skin, the name of which has many synonyms (cutaneous horn acrohordon, squamous papilloma, cutaneous fibrous polyp). Fibroepithelial polyp is one of the most common skin tumors and usually occurs in middle age or in elderly persons in the neck, torso, face, and in the areas of diaper rash (intertriginous dermatitis). A polyp has the appearance of a soft, flesh-colored, saccular or horn-shaped tumor attached to the surface of the skin with a small and usually thin leg. Under the microscope, these tumors are exophytic fibro-vascular protrusions (rods) covered with squamous epithelium. Zones of ischemic necrosis, secondary edema and inflammation can be found in the tumor tissue. These are the results of a torsion of a tumor, clinically very painful and accompanied by circulatory disorders in the pedicle of the neoplasm.

As a rule, fibroepithelial polyps have little clinical significance, although they can sometimes develop in combination with diabetes mellitus and intestinal polyposis. Along with non-cellular nevus (see above) and skin hemangiomas (see below), they often become more numerous during pregnancy.

Epithelial cysts. They are formed by the submerged nature of growth and the formation of cystic cavities from the structures of either the epidermis or the lining of the hair follicle.
Cystic cavities are usually filled with keratin and various amounts of other components containing lipids - products of secretion of the sebaceous glands. Externally, these are intracutaneous or subcutaneous, well-defined, dense and, as a rule, easily displaced nodules. For large sizes, they may have the shape of a flesh-colored dome, becoming painful after a break as a result of injury.

Under a microscope, epithelial cysts are found in these nodules, which are divided into a number of histological types by the structure of the walls. The intraepidermal (epidermal, epidermal inclusion) cyst is surrounded by a wall that is almost identical in structure to the epidermis and is filled with keratin layered masses (Fig. 25.7). The hair cyst is surrounded by a wall that resembles the lining of the hair follicle without a granular layer, and is filled with a homogeneous mixture of keratin and lipids. A dermoid cyst resembles an intraepidermal cyst, however, multiple outgrowths that mimic appendages (for example, small hair follicles) are seen outward from the cyst wall. Multiple steatokystoma - a rather rare type of cyst. Its wall resembles the duct of the sebaceous gland, from which there are numerous, as it were, compressed greasy slices. The importance of recognizing such a cyst is due to the dominant type of its inheritance.

Keratoacanthoma This is a rapidly developing tumor, which, externally and under a microscope, may resemble a highly differentiated squamous cell carcinoma, but unlike it spontaneously heals without treatment. Men suffer from keratoacantoma more often than women, usually after 50 years. As a rule, in individuals of the European race this tumor occurs in open areas of the skin. Keratoacanthoma manifests itself in a flesh-colored nodule, dome-shaped with a keratin plug, which fills the crater of the tumor. The diameter of the neoplasm varies from 1 cm to several centimeters. The tumor develops predominantly in the skin of the cheeks, nose, ears and dorsum of the hands.

Histologically, keratoacanthoma is characterized by the presence of a crater filled with keratin and surrounded by proliferating epithelial cells (Fig. 25.8, A, B). The latter form solid structures that, like a collar, encompass a crater, and also in the form of uneven reeds are immersed in the dermis. These epithelial cells are relatively large, have signs of mild atypia and eosinophilic

Fig. 25.7.

Epidermal Skin Cyst

. Over the epidermis, which (in the form of a black band) covers the wall of the cyst, layered masses of keratin are visible.

cytoplasm. They synthesize keratin without forming a granular layer. This method of keratinization is found in the normal hair follicle and hair cyst. This suggests that keratoacanthoma is a derivative of the follicular epithelium. At an early stage of development, the tumor infiltrates the call are new and elastic fibers and squeezes them. During this rapid proliferative stage, a small inflammatory response may occur (Fig. 25.8, B). Further, fibrotic tumor stroma joins inflammatory infiltration.

Tumors of the skin appendages. There are hundreds of benign tumors arising from the skin appendages. Some tumors of the skin appendages appear as part of multiple malformations. In some cases, these tumors serve as certain markers indicating the presence of malignant tumors of the internal organs.

Fig. 25.8.



A -

general form

; B -

part of the epidermal dome


Tumors of the skin appendages are often single or multiple papules and nodules. Some of them show a tendency to occur in particular areas of the body. For example, the eccranial poroma — a swelling of the ducts of the sweat glands — appears predominantly on the palms and soles. Cylindroma has an apocrine type of differentiation, usually occurs on the forehead or scalp. The fusion of tumor nodes can lead to the formation of a turban tumor, having the appearance of a cap or hat. Such tumors can be inherited according to the dominant type and appear for the first time in early childhood. Despite the possible presence in the tissue of cy-

Fig. 25.9.

Skin Cylinder

(general form),

lindromes foci of piloid (hair-like) differentiation, this tumor also originates from the lot glands. Its parenchyma consists of complexes and layers of basaloid cells (Fig. 25.9), which are connected to each other in the fibrous tissue of the dermis. Syringoma is considered a malformation of the sweat glands, its tumor nature is discussed. As a rule, this formation consists of multiple small brown papules appearing in the lower eyelids. More often women are affected. The syringoma reflects the eccrine ductal type of differentiation, which is defined in small and flask-shaped complexes of the epithelium of the basaloid type (Fig. 25.10, A, B).

Fig. 25.10.

Skin Syringoma


A - a general view of the tumor, located in the dermis; B - detail of the structure,

Trichoepithelioma - a neoplasm originating from the hair follicle. The tumor is inherited according to the dominant type; This multiple translucent papules in the form of a dome, which appear on the face, the surface of the head, neck and upper torso. The tumor parenchyma is a complex of pale pink transparent cells that resemble the upper part of the hair follicle (funnel). In tab. 25.2 summarized the most important clinical and morphological features of the most common benign tumors of the skin appendages.

Table 25.2.

Clinical and morphological features of the most common tumors of the skin appendages

Along with these benign neoplasms, their malignant counterparts, for example cancer of the sebaceous glands, are found, although very rarely. It is known that it develops from the glands of the cartilage of the eyelid (meibomian glands; H. Meibom) and can metastasize to various organ systems. Eccrine and apocrine carcinomas of the skin can often be confused with metastases of adenocarcinoma or skirra due to the very characteristic glandular structure of their tissue (Fig. 25.11, A, B, C).

Fig. 25.11.

Cancer of the skin appendages

, And - the epidermis, struck again.

Fig. 25.11.


B - sweat gland cancer with a cirrhosis; B - cancer of trabecular-alveolar structure.

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Benign epithelial tumors

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