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Pilomatrixoma: a diagnostic pitfall on fine-needle aspiration cytology of benign ‘neck metastases’

Asha'ari, Zamzil Amin and Shiyuti, Muhd Izani and Abdullah, Kahairi and Selimin, Arfahiza and Sathananthar, KS (2014) Pilomatrixoma: a diagnostic pitfall on fine-needle aspiration cytology of benign ‘neck metastases’. International Medical Journal Malaysia, 13 (2). pp. 63-66. ISSN 1823-4631

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Pilomatrixoma is a benign tumour that originates from the matrix of the hair root. This rare tumour is usually managed by the dermatologists. The commonest location of this tumour is in the head and neck region; hence, it can be encountered by any doctors with interest in this area. When presented in the neck, this hard tumour may pose a diagnostic challenge. A case report of pilomatrixoma misdiagnosed as a metastatic neck disease from fine-needle aspiration cytology is presented. The mistake in the diagnosis has led to a more aggressive and high morbidity surgery than necessary. It is important that head and neck doctors be aware of this condition and includes it in the differential diagnosis of hard masses presenting in the neck.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5556/40021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pilomatrixoma, benign, head and neck cancer, diagnostic pitfall
Subjects: R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Depositing User: Dr ZAMZIL AMIN ASHA'ARI
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 15:13
Last Modified: 24 May 2018 09:39
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/40021

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