Rhabdomyosarcoma Presenting as a Cutaneous Nodule

Karen Wiss, Alvin R. Solomon, Sharon S. Raimer, Thom E. Lobe, William Gourley, John T. Headington

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Two patients with rhabdomyosarcoma presented clinically with dermal nodules on the face. The first patient was a 12-month-old girl with a 2 × 3-cm-diameter red nodule on her left cheek that had begun as a small red papule when she was 3 months old and had progressively increased in size. The second patient was a 19-year-old girl who presented with an enlarging mass on her right cheek that had begun as a pea-sized nodule three months previously. In both cases, biopsies revealed a rhabdomyosarcoma in the underlying soft tissue with extension into the overlying dermis. Rhabdomyosarcoma presenting as a dermal nodule is rare. It usually presents as an asymptomatic papule without distinctive clinical features and therefore may result in delayed diagnosis unless a biopsy is performed. (Arch Dermatol 1988;124:1687-1690).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1687-1690
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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