Cutaneous Lymphoma Masquerading as Granuloma Faciale

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Abstract

Granuloma faciale is a presumably benign disorder of the skin—usually of the face—characterized by a dense, polymorphous, inflammatory infiltrate including numerous eosinophils, separated from the epidermis by a clear or “grenz” zone, and possessing a small vessel, leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Primary malignant lymphoma of the skin, other than mycosis fungoides, is an unusual entity that may follow a widely variable course and is often extremely difficult to diagnose definitively.

A patient is presented in whom a lesion consistent with granuloma faciale changed its histological appearance and clinical behavior into that of a malignant lymphoma.

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