What is the Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus?Fibroepithelioma of the Pinkus is a rare type of basal cell carcinoma of the skin. Basal cells are found at the bottom of the outermost layer of the skin called the epidermis. It usually develops as single or sometimes multiple, flesh-colored or slightly brown gray colored well-marked lesions or plaque on the skin. Fibrosarcoma of Pinkus skin lesions typically develops on the chest and abdominal part of the skin in people of age 40-60 years. However, it can also develop in the other parts of the body such as the head, neck, limbs (arms, legs), and genitalia. It is equally common in both males and females.
Disease CausesThere is no well-known cause, however, certain hereditary and genetic mutations are considered responsible for the development of fibroepithelioma of Pinkus. There is no association between a history of prolonged sun exposure and the development of the fibroepithelioma of Pinkus. It is more common in females as compared to males.
Signs and SymptomsThe patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Single or sometimes multiple, flesh-colored or slightly brown gray colored well-marked lesions or plaques on the skin
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Physical examination of the skin to see the site, size, and extent of the tumor
- Dermoscopy (the examination of a skin lesion with a dermoscopy)
- Biopsy of the lesion and histopathology
- Imaging tests such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to see the extent of the lesion or tumor.