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S L Huang, B Zhang, L S Chen, L Liang, X N Luo, Z M Lu, S Y Zhang
Objective: To report rare cases of congenital neck cutaneous sinus with an orifice near the sternoclavicular joint and to investigate their origins and managements. Methods: A total of ten patients with congenital neck cutaneous sinus having an orifice near the sternoclavicular joint treated in the Guangdong General Hospital from January 2010 to June 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. Results: There four boys and six girls, aging from 11 months to 96 months with an average of 33.4 months, and they had a common feature showing a congenital cutaneous sinus with an orifice near sternoclavicular joint...
October 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Rivka Inzelberg, Shira Flash, Eitan Friedman, Esther Azizi
The mechanisms underlying the high prevalence of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM) in Parkinson's disease (PD) are unclear, but plausibly involve common pathways. 129Ser-phosphorylated-α-synuclein, a pathological PD hallmark, is abundantly expressed in CMM, but not in normal skin. In inherited PD, PARK genes harbor germline mutations; the same genes are somatically mutated in CMM, or their encoded proteins involved in melanomagenesis. Conversely, genes associated with CMM, affect PD risk. PD/CMM targeted cells share the neural crest origin and melanogenesis capability...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Neurology
Mona Taleb, Lydia Choi, Steve Kim
BACKGROUND: After wide local excision of cutaneous melanoma, large defects not amenable to simple primary closure are often covered with skin grafts. We report our experience using the rhomboid and keystone flaps to immediately close large axial and extremity wounds after potentially curative surgery for non-head and neck melanomas. METHODS: Between January 2011 and September 2016, demographic, operative, pathologic, and outcome data were prospectively collected on 60 patients who underwent wide local excision of melanoma followed by immediate flap reconstruction...
October 19, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Min Seok Kang, Eun Jung Lee, Ji Seop Kim, In Sik Yun, Hyung Kwon Byeon
Microcystic adnexal carcinoma (MAC) is a rare malignant cutaneous adenocarcinoma that typically occurs in the head and neck, particularly at the central face. There are only slightly more than 300 patients reported worldwide, and most patients occur in Caucasians. A 72-year-old man was referred to our hospital for definitive treatment of known MAC from previous biopsy. Wide excision of nasal tip and reconstruction of nasal defect with paramedian forehead flap and nasolabial flap transposition were performed rather than conventional Mohs surgery, due to grossly evident disease...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Tony Ht Sung, Annie Cw Tam, Jennifer Ls Khoo
Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP) is a rare malignant soft-tissue neoplasm which is often misdiagnosed due to its indolent clinical course and non-specific radiological appearances. An observation case series was conducted with retrospective review of clinical and radiological data of DFSP patients presenting to a major tertiary hospital in Hong Kong for radiological assessment between November 2006 and February 2016. Seven patients with confirmed histological diagnosis of DFSP were included. Tumour sizes at presentation ranged from 1 to 5 cm, most commonly (n = 6) occurred over chest wall and abdominal wall...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Joon-Ii Jun, Lester F Lau
The expression of Ccn2 (CTGF) has been linked to fibrosis in many tissues and pathologies, although its activities in fibroblastic cells and precise mechanism of action in fibrogenesis are still controversial. Here, we showed that CCN2 can induce cellular senescence in fibroblasts both in vitro and in vivo, whereupon senescent cells express an anti-fibrotic "senescence-associated secretory phenotype" (SASP) that includes upregulation of matrix metalloproteinases and downregulation of collagen. Mechanistically, CCN2 induces fibroblast senescence through integrin α6β1-mediated accumulation of reactive oxygen species, leading to activation of p53 and induction of p16(INK4a)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
Hilary C McCrary, Erynne A Faucett, Saranya Reghunathan, F Zahra Aly, Rihan Khan, Raymond F Carmody, Abraham Jacob
OBJECTIVE: Cutaneous neuroendocrine lesions of the external auditory canal (EAC) are exceptionally rare, with only five cases reported in the literature. In this case report, we present a patient with a recurrent carcinoid tumor in the EAC, which has yet to be described. PATIENTS: A 38-year-old woman presenting with otalgia, aural fullness, and decreased hearing was found to have a recurrent EAC carcinoid tumor, 8-years after initial resection at an outside facility...
September 30, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Shengming Deng, Bin Zhang, Xiuli Sui, Shibiao Sang, Wei Zhang
A 64-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with a history of recurrent fever lasting 2 months. The initial physical examination for the patient showed normal cutaneous signs. An elevated uptake of tracer in skeletal muscles was observed by F-FDG PET/CT imaging. Three weeks later, a multitude of painful erythematous maculopapules appeared over his face, chest, and back. Pathological examination of a skin lesion showed papillary dermal edema with predominantly dense neutrophilic infiltrate in the dermis with no evidence of vasculitis, which was consistent with Sweet's syndrome...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Hui Min Yang, Susan J Hsiao, David F Schaeffer, Chi Lai, Helen E Remotti, David Horst, Mahesh M Mansukhani, Basil A Horst
Anorectal melanoma is a rare disease that carries a poor prognosis. To date, limited genetic analyses confirmed KIT mutations as a recurrent genetic event similar to other mucosal melanomas, occurring in up to 30% of anorectal melanomas. Importantly, a subset of tumors harboring activating KIT mutations have been found to respond to c-Kit inhibitor-based therapy, with improved patient survival at advanced tumor stages. We performed comprehensive targeted exon sequencing analysis of 467 cancer-related genes in a larger series of 15 anorectal melanomas, focusing on potentially actionable variants based on gain- and loss-of-function mutations...
October 14, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Zeynep Tamay, Deniz Özçeker
Mastocytosis is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by clonal proliferation and accumulation of mast cells in one of more organs which may lead to different clinical pictures. Pathological increase and activation of mast cells in various tissues can cause different clinical pictures. Cutaneous mastocytosis limited to the skin is the most typical clinical picture observed in children and systemic mastocytosis is very rare in the pediatric age group. The diagnosis of cutaneous mastocytosis is based on clinical findings, but is often delayed due to lack of clinical awareness of the disease and lack of its consideration in the differential diagnosis...
September 2016: Türk Pediatri Arşivi
Tomoko Nomura, Yasuko Yoshida-Amano, Kenichiro Yoshida, Akihiko Fujii, Masanori Tanahashi, Yoshinori Sugiyama, Kayoko Iwata, Takatoshi Murase
OBJECTIVE: Several studies have shown that a deterioration of skin properties, an impaired cutaneous microcirculation function and an imbalance of autonomic nervous activity are observed in smokers and in patients with diabetes mellitus or Raynaud's phenomenon. These observations suggest that skin properties are associated with cutaneous microcirculatory function and autonomic nervous activity in pathological conditions. However, there is no published evidence to support the concept that these two functions have any relationship with skin properties even in healthy subjects...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
Alejandro A Gru, M D Horacio Maluf
Dr. Louis "Pepper" Dehner has been one of the most influential surgical pathologists of the last century. Authoring more than 450 publications, he is the premier modern pediatric pathologist. Perhaps, an area that he is less recognized and in which we would like to describe his contributions, is his role as a creator of the art of pediatric dermatopathology. Dr. Dehner has had at least 50 major publications describing, discovering, and orienting the discipline in the fields of fibrohistiocytic disorders of childhood, vascular tumors, and histiocytosis among many others...
September 5, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Sélim Aractingi
New molecular mapping techniques appear to allow clinicians to design treatments in some cases of resisting cancers. Such sensitive analysis were already able to depict molecular pathways of several inflammatory skin diseases. An accompanying article by Garzorz-Stark et al. show how these tools can improve the classification of skin inflammatory diseases based on clinical and pathological features. At last, the final aim of these tools is to predict treatment response in a patient. The utility of "precision" or personalized medicine in cutaneous inflammatory diseases could join the furrow drawn in cancer...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Mengyang Liu, Zhe Chen, Behrooz Zabihian, Christoph Sinz, Edward Zhang, Paul C Beard, Laurin Ginner, Erich Hoover, Micheal P Minneman, Rainer A Leitgeb, Harald Kittler, Wolfgang Drexler
Cutaneous blood flow accounts for approximately 5% of cardiac output in human and plays a key role in a number of a physiological and pathological processes. We show for the first time a multi-modal photoacoustic tomography (PAT), optical coherence tomography (OCT) and OCT angiography system with an articulated probe to extract human cutaneous vasculature in vivo in various skin regions. OCT angiography supplements the microvasculature which PAT alone is unable to provide. Co-registered volumes for vessel network is further embedded in the morphologic image provided by OCT...
September 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
P S Rush, J M Shiau, B P Hibler, B J Longley, T M Downs, D D Bennett
Glandular and pseudoglandular tumors of the penile skin are extremely uncommon and can present diagnostic challenges. Primary adenosquamous carcinoma of the penis is an extremely rare tumor, composed of distinct areas of malignant squamous and glandular cells, making it a diagnostically challenging entity. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes several subtypes of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), each with its own distinctive pathologic appearance, clinical associations and prognosis. Among these variants is the exceedingly uncommon adenosquamous carcinoma (ASC), representing 1-2% of all SCC of the penis...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Ge Zhao, Kachiu C Lee, Sue Peacock, Lisa M Reisch, Stevan R Knezevich, David E Elder, Michael W Piepkorn, Joann G Elmore, Raymond L Barnhill
BACKGROUND: Spitz nevi, atypical Spitz tumors and spitzoid melanomas ("spitzoid lesions") represent controversial and poorly understood cutaneous melanocytic lesions that are difficult to diagnose histologically. It is unknown how these terms are used by pathologists. METHODS: We describe use of Spitz-related terminology using data from the Melanoma Pathology (M-Path) study database comprising pathologists' interpretations of biopsy slides, a nation-wide study evaluating practicing U...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Koffi Benjamin Manou, Ndoula Espérance Kounkou, Romaric Toe, Awo Dorcas Akadje, Cisse Ali, Amonso Daniel Alloh, Manse Béatrice Nandjui
OBJECTIVE: The quality of the residual limb of the amputations in the consequences of a ballistic trauma often was compromised and limits the success of a good equipment for a satisfactory locomotive function. The objective of the study is to describe the various anomalies of the residual limb and their difficulty of equipment of the traumatic amputations by bal PATIENTS AND METHODS: A descriptive retrospective study concerned patients amputated of lower limbs in the consequences of a ballistic trauma during the military crisis in Ivory Coast from 2010 to 2012 and dealt in the center of equipment "Vivre Debout" in the Teacher Hospital of Yopougon...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Eric S Chang, William D Baker, Charles N Landen
BACKGROUND: We report diagnosis and management of stage IV papillary serous uterine cancer with initial clinical presentation as a skin rash. CASE: A 62-year-old postmenopausal female developed an erythematous rash beginning on her right lower abdomen and progressively spreading to her left abdomen, vulva, and neck. After a trial of antibiotic treatment, biopsy of left neck and right thigh skin nodules revealed papillary serous carcinoma. Abdominopelvic tomography revealed endometrial thickening and a 5 cm left adnexal mass...
November 2016: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
Katy K Tsai, Miguel H Pampaloni, Charity Hope, Alain P Algazi, Britt-Marie Ljung, Laura Pincus, Adil I Daud
BACKGROUND: Antibodies against programmed death 1 (PD-1) receptor and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) have transformed the systemic treatment of melanoma and many other cancers. Understanding the spectrum of benign findings and atypical response patterns seen in immune checkpoint blockade is important for accurately assessing treatment response as these immunotherapies become more widely used. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a 63-year-old man with metastatic melanoma successfully treated with combination CTLA-4 and PD-1 blockade (ipilimumab and nivolumab), after non-response to pembrolizumab monotherapy...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Sarah C Mansour, Daniel Pletzer, César de la Fuente-Núñez, Paul Kim, Gordon Y C Cheung, Hwang-Soo Joo, Michael Otto, Robert E W Hancock
Cutaneous abscess infections are difficult to treat with current therapies and alternatives to conventional antibiotics are needed. Understanding the regulatory mechanisms that govern abscess pathology should reveal therapeutic interventions for these recalcitrant infections. Here we demonstrated that the stringent stress response employed by bacteria to cope and adapt to environmental stressors was essential for the formation of lesions, but not bacterial growth, in a methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) cutaneous abscess mouse model...
September 17, 2016: EBioMedicine
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