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Pilomatricoma on 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography: Peripheral mimic of an aggressive soft-tissue malignancy


1 Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
2 Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre, University of Cardiff, Oxford, United Kingdom

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Afolarin A Otunla,
Medical Sciences Division, University of Oxford, OX3 9DU
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/wjnm.WJNM_76_20

Pilomatricoma, also known as calcifying epithelioma of Malherbe, is a rare skin tumor originating from the hair follicle matrix. We report a case of pilomatricoma in a 50-year-old woman, presenting as a rapidly growing pretibial mass. Malignant pilomatricoma is associated with potentially fatal metastases and are clinically and histologically indistinguishable from benign pilomatricoma. Thus, an 18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography ( 18 F-FDG PET/CT) scan was requested for staging, revealing marked FDG uptake restricted to the primary lesion and no evidence of separate disease. The purpose of this report is to demonstrate the importance of PET/CT in the staging of this FDG-avid tumor; the malignancy of which is often first revealed by metastases. Our case also demonstrates that pilomatricoma should be included in the differential diagnosis of a rapidly growing peripheral soft-tissue mass; conventionally, the domain of sarcoma.


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