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Clinical and dermoscopic features of Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus: case series with an emphasis on hypopigmented to pink lines intersecting at acute angles

Japbani K Nanda 1Nadeem Marghoob 2Diana M Forero Cuevas 3Katherine R Lee 4Michelle Levy 5Ofer Reiter 1 6Klaus J Busam 7Ashfaq A Marghoob 8 Affiliations expand Free PMC article


Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus (FEP) is a subtype of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) that can clinically resemble intradermal nevi (IDN) and fibromas. We performed a retrospective review of consecutively biopsied lesions confirmed to be FEP on histopathology diagnosed from January 1, 2008 to April 8, 2019. Clinical (n = 48), contact non-polarized dermoscopy (NPD) (n = 44), and contact polarized dermoscopy (PD) (n = 22) images from 36 patients were reviewed. Mean age was 64.5 years (SD 15.1 years, range 24-86 years) at diagnosis of first FEP lesion. Most lesions were located on the torso (n = 28, 58.3%), followed by the lower extremity (n = 9, 18.8%). The most common differential diagnoses at the time of biopsy included BCC (n = 40) and nevus (other than IDN, n = 5). Clinically, FEP were pink (95.8%), scaly (66.7%) papules (77.1%) displaying disrupted skin markings (62.5%) and absence of hair follicles (87.5%). NPD revealed serpentine (97.7%), dotted (81.8%), or polymorphous vessels (86.4%), and hypopigmented to pink lines intersecting at acute angles (HPLA) (52.3%). PD demonstrated serpentine (95.5%), dotted (86.4%), or polymorphous vessels (81.8%), shiny white lines (50.0%), and HPLA (59.1%). Classic features of BCC such as arborizing vessels (n = 2), ulceration (n = 1), shiny white blotches and strands (n = 1), blue-gray ovoid nest (n = 1), and leaf-like areas (n = 1) were uncommon. FEP often presents as scaly, erythematous papules with disrupted skin markings and absence of hair follicles. Dermoscopy reveals polymorphous vessels with shiny white lines and HPLA. Keywords: Basal cell carcinoma; Dermoscopy; Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus; Polymorphous vessels; Shiny white lines.  
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