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Introduction: Pilomatrixoma or pilomatricoma is a benign appendageal growth, originating from hair cortex cells.

Case presentation: We present an unusual case of a 65-year-old female patient who has been diagnosed and treated for a presumed recurrent furunculosis localized on the abdominal area. Ultrasonography raised the suspicion of pilomatrixoma. A large excision was performed and histopathology confirmed the diagnosis.

Conclusions: Ultrasonography could be a simple and reliable diagnostic tool in daily practice.

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Alopecia areata represents an autoimmune process against an unidentified autoantigen in the follicle of the hair, which affects all ages, from young children (a few months old) to elderly patients. Alopecia areata has an important impact on the quality of life, leading to a predisposition towards anxiety and depression, especially if the patients are treated with corticoid therapy that heightens the risk for such psychiatric disorders. We present the case of a patient with alopecia areata who was diagnosed at the age of 18 months, and had been followed-up until the age of 27 years.

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Background: Self-induced skin lesions, especially in young children, can create confusion within pediatricians, dermatologists, or other medical care providers, leading to different diagnoses, unnecessary investigations, and delaying the correct therapeutic psychiatric evaluation.

Case report: We report the case of a 4-year-old boy who was referred to Dermatology after being hospitalized in the Allergy Department for a chronic allergic contact dermatitis. He had been previously diagnosed with chronic hand dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis, and treated with no favorable outcome. Scaly erythematous plaques were noticed on the dorsal aspects of both hands and on the lateral folds of the fingers. The skin lesions were distributed in a non-symmetrical way. A diagnosis of self-injurious behavior was presumed, and psychiatric evaluation was asked. The child was transferred to the Psychiatry Department, and a diagnosis of schizophrenia was concluded.

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Introduction: The aim of this presentation is to highlight the usefulness of high-frequency ultrasound (18 MHz) in localized morphea for: identification of the lesion, guided skin biopsy, quantification of skin thickness, evaluating the severity by measuring total echogenicity.

Case presentation: A 62-year-old Caucasian woman was referred to the Dermatology Department for a well-circumscribed indurate plaque localized on the right side of the abdominal wall and thigh. On clinical examination, a large well-delimited, indurate plaque, silvery in the center and surrounded by a purplish-red halo (lilac ring) was noticed on the right side of the abdomen and thigh. An ultrasound-guided punch biopsy was carried out and the microscopic examination of the biopsy revealed moderate interstitial inflammatory infiltrate together with abundant collagen bundles in the dermis and subcutis and a diagnosis of localized morphea (scleroderma) was established. Ultrasonography was performed and skin thickness was measured using high-frequency US (18 MHz) and was found to be 3.1 mm to 3.9 mm.

Conclusion: high frequency ultrasound is an inexpensive, easy to perform, noninvasive method, replacing surgical biopsy and offering a valuable quantification of skin fibrosis.

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Superficial venous malformations can be clinically diagnosed since birth as localized, bluish or purple lesions, especially on the lower extremity, but deep venous malformations are difficult to diagnose only by clinical appearance. The diagnostic algorithm for superficial venous malformations in newborns includes clinical examination and Duplex ultrasonography. The latter allows differentiating tumors (hemangiomas) from vascular malformations and evaluating flow characteristics as well as localizing the site of the malformation.

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The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of self-reported work-related and occupational hand eczema, as well as associated risk factors in hospitals and out-patient clinics in Romania. A standardized questionnaire was addressed to health professionals from different medical fields. Out of 245 healthcare providers who completed the survey, 235 were women (95.9%), and 243 were working more than 8 hours/day in hospitals (99.18%). Hand eczema was self-reported and documented in almost one third of the nurses (33.49%), the most frequently involved trigger factor being powdered latex gloves. A total of 207 (84.48%) individuals denied any present or past allergic diseases. Only one nurse declared that severe hand eczema was the cause of losing her job at the hospital. Exposure assessment is essential for the diagnosis of work-related or occupational skin diseases.

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Occupational skin diseases have an unknown prevalence in Romania, although they are considered the most frequent occupational diseases reported in Western European countries. Self-reported hand eczema among healthcare providers by questionnaire aims to estimate the prevalence of work-related hand eczema and associated risk factors in hospitals and outpatient units in Romania. The aim of this study is to discuss and to validate a questionnaire for surveying work-related skin diseases and exposure among healthcare providers.

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The present paper highlights the usefulness of 70% trichloroacetic acid in treating sebaceous hyperplasia in elderly patients. Esthetics are an important issue, and different therapeutic modalities can be used, such as systemic isotretinoin, surgical excision, electrocautery, cryosurgery, topical photodynamic therapy and laser, but all these methods are expansive and invasive procedures that may result in scars, which are more extensive than the original lesions.

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Congenital skin aplasia, known more as aplasia cutis congenita (ACC), is a rare congenital disease, characterized by absence of the skin, observed since birth, more often affecting the scalp and rarely the trunk or limbs. We report here for the first time a non-syndromic localized ACC, characterized by a small solitary area of skin atrophy on the cervical area in a healthy 3-day-old female infant.

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Background: Anogenital premalignancies and malignancies often affect females and males, and human papillomavirus infection plays a crucial role in their etiopathogenesis. These lesions are very important and represent an immense public health burden.

Case presentation: A 78-year-old Caucasian male presented to the Dermatology Unit for persistent, slowly progressing, well-demarcated, erythematous plaques on the glans penis, observed by the patient 18 months prior to the consultation. Variable topical treatments were applied, with no improvement and with the denial of a punch biopsy. A clinical diagnosis of erythroplasia of Queyrat was established and the test for HPV revealed an association with subtype 16 (which excluded other benign inflammatory conditions). Positive results were obtained after 4 weeks of topical application of 5% imiquimod cream, once daily, 5 times a week.

Conclusion: Erythroplasia of Queyrat should be diagnosed in a non-compliant patient based on the clinical picture and HPV testing even in the absence of a biopsy, and a non-surgical treatment should be initiated immediately.