Melanocytic matricoma: A report of two cases of a new entity

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  • Many reports exist of pigmented adnexal tumors containing dendritic melanocytes such as pigmented basal cell carcinomas and pigmented pilomatricomas. Correspondingly, melanocytes are a known component of the bulbs of anagen follicles. The phenomenon of melanization of adnexal tumors highlights the interrelationship between melanocytes and adnexal epithelium and may represent normal melanocytes colonizing a neoplastic proliferation. We report on two cases of a unique tumor composed of neoplastic matrical cells with a significant component of melanocytes. Both cases presented as pigmented papules in older men (66 and 80 years, forearm and pectoral region, respectively). Histologically, these were well-defined nodular proliferations composed of variably melanized, pleomorphic, and mitotically active matrical and supramatrical cells forming clusters of 'shadow cells'. Admixed with the epithelial cells were numerous melanized dendritic melanocytes. Shadow cells expressed keratin 13, and a subpopulation of S-100 protein-positive dendritic cells were evident. No recurrence of any type was found after reexcisions 4 months and 2 years later. We propose the name of melanocytic matricoma for these two heretofore unreported cases of a unique neoplasm composed of matrical cells and melanocytes recapitulating epithelial-melanocyte interaction in the follicular anagen bulb. Although their small size, circumscription and clinical course suggest a benign nature, melanocytic matricomas' cytologic atypia disclose the potential for malignant behavior.
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  • Carlson JA; Healy K; Slominski A; Mihm MC
  • Start Page

  • 344
  • End Page

  • 349
  • Volume

  • 21
  • Issue

  • 4