Nodular balloon cell component in a cutaneous melanoma of the superficial spreading type.

@article{Kiene1996NodularBC,
  title={Nodular balloon cell component in a cutaneous melanoma of the superficial spreading type.},
  author={Petra Kiene and C Petres-Dunsche and Guido Funke and Enno Christophers},
  journal={Dermatology},
  year={1996},
  volume={192 3},
  pages={274-6}
}
The rare histopathologic feature of a nodular balloon cell component in a malignant melanoma of the superficial spreading type in a 46-year-old male patient is presented. Immunohistochemical analyses proved the tumor cells to express the melanocytic markers S100 protein, NK1/C3 and HMB 45 antigens in an intense and distinct pattern. The controversial theories of the pathogenesis of balloon cell changes in melanocytic neoplasms are discussed.