What is atypical fibroxanthoma of the skin?Atypical fibroxanthoma of the skin is a rare type of low-grade cancer of the skin that usually occurs on the sun-damaged head and neck area in older people. It usually appears as a red color nodule or plaque on the skin.
Disease CausesThere is no well-known cause; however certain risk factors such as prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiations, skin exposure to ionizing X-ray radiations, increasing age, diabetes, having HIV/AIDS, and the use of immune suppressant drugs after organ transplantation are all potential risk factors for the development of atypical fibroxanthoma of the skin. It is more common in males as compared to females.
Signs and symptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Red or pink colored nodule raised area on the skin
- Formation of ulceration( an open sore on an internal or external surface of the body) in the nodule or tumor
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic techniques and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Narrow margin excisional biopsy of the skin