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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 261-263
Pilomatricoma: A dermal analog of calcifying odontogenic cyst


Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad - 580 009, Karnataka, India

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A Punnya
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad - 580 009, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.42962

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Pilomatricoma, also known as "Calcifying Epithelioma of Malherbe" is an uncommon, benign, cutaneous tumor originating from the hair matrix. Most often, its precise preoperative diagnosis is not possible. Rarity of this lesion and its histological resemblance to the calcifying odontogenic cyst (the Gorlin's cyst) make it relevant, both to the maxillofacial surgeons and the pathologists. Here, we describe a case of pilomatricoma of the periorbital region in a young Indian female patient. We believe that its inclusion is essential in the differential diagnosis of hard masses of the maxillofacial and paraoral regions.


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