A fibrous papule with abundant CD34-immunoreactive ganglion-like multinucleated giant cells: A case report and review of the literature

Kurt B. Schaberg, Albert S. Chiou, Kevin C. Wang, Barbara M. Egbert

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Abstract

Fibrous papules present clinically as benign, asymptomatic, dome-shaped, flesh colored papules on the face. Histologically, fibrous papules are characterized by fibrous stroma with fibroblasts and dilated blood vessels. Multiple variants of fibrous papules have been reported. Although scattered multinucleated cells in fibrous papules have been well described, we report a fibrous papule with abundant multinucleated ganglion-like giant cells that were immunoreactive with CD34. Recognition of such fibrous papule variants is important to avoid misdiagnosis as potentially more worrisome and/or aggressive melanocytic, soft tissue, or neural lesions that may require more aggressive treatment. Indeed, fibrous papules do not commonly appear on the differential diagnosis for lesions with multinucleated giant cells or ganglion-like cells and consideration should be given to their inclusion in the appropriate clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDermatology online journal
Volume21
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CD34
  • Fibrous papule
  • Ganglion-like
  • Multinucleated giant cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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