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Skin metastases occur in 0.6%-10.4% of all patients with cancer and represent 2% of all skin tumors. Skin metastases from visceral malignancies are important for dermatologists and dermatopathologists because of their variable clinical appearance and presentation, frequent delay and failure in their diagnosis, relative proportion of different internal(More)
Lymphomatoid papulosis (LyP) belongs to the spectrum of primary cutaneous CD30-positive lymphoproliferative disorders. Clinically, LyP is characterized by a variable number of self-healing papulo-nodular lesions, with the typical waxing and waning course. Histologically, 4 types (A, B, C, and D) have been delineated. Angioinvasive growth and large ulcers(More)
A single-point mutation in exon 15 of the BRAF gene has recently been reported in a high percentage in cultured melanoma cells and in 6 of 9 primary melanomas examined. To evaluate the impact of the T1796A BRAF mutation, we screened primary melanomas, various types of nevi and lesions where a melanoma developed in an underlying nevus. We could detect the(More)
Dowling-Degos disease (DDD) is an autosomal-dominant genodermatosis characterized by progressive and disfiguring reticulate hyperpigmentation. We previously identified loss-of-function mutations in KRT5 but were only able to detect pathogenic mutations in fewer than half of our subjects. To identify additional causes of DDD, we performed exome sequencing in(More)
Muir-Torre syndrome (MTS) is a rare autosomal-dominant disorder characterized by the predisposition to both sebaceous skin tumors (or multiple keratoacanthomas) and internal malignancies. A subtype of MTS is allelic to hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer and is caused by germline mutations in the DNA mismatch repair genes MSH2 or MLH1. In these cases(More)
Cutaneous B-cell infiltrates showing a prominent follicular growth pattern with germinal centers are thought by some authors to represent either marginal zone lymphomas with reactive germinal centers or pseudolymphomas. To establish whether a true primary cutaneous follicular lymphoma exists, we studied biopsies from 15 patients with skin lesions(More)
The differentiation of melanoma from certain benign melanocytic lesions on histologic grounds alone may sometimes be difficult. The anti-MAGE antibody 57B was suggested to be a useful adjunct in differentiating melanoma from nevi. Our aim was to study MAGE immunoreactivity with B57 in benign melanocytic lesions that have not been investigated to this end so(More)
Common acquired melanocytic nevi are benign neoplasms that are composed of small, uniform melanocytes and are typically present as flat or slightly elevated pigmented lesions on the skin. We describe two families with a new autosomal dominant syndrome characterized by multiple, skin-colored, elevated melanocytic tumors. In contrast to common acquired nevi,(More)
Between 1987 and 2000, the German mesothelioma register recorded a total of 4,455 patients with malignant mesotheliomas. Survival times for 498 (11.2%) patients were available; 155 patients (study group, 3.5% of the total group) survived for more than 2 years and 343 patients (control group, 7.7% of the total group) survived for fewer than 24 months. Male(More)
BACKGROUND Galli-Galli disease (GGD) is a rare genodermatosis. Its clinical presentation is identical to that of Dowling-Degos disease (DDD), but the presence of the histopathological feature of acantholysis in GGD is thought to distinguish the two disorders. Mutations in the keratin 5 gene (KRT5) have been identified in the majority of patients with DDD(More)