(Last Updated On: October 30, 2018)

Authors: Marie Claudine Francesca B. Perlas, MD; Mary Catherine T. Galang, MD ;Maria Teresita G. Gabriel, MD, FPDS; Alexander R. Castillo, MD, FPDSd


Trichoepithelioma is a rare benign tumor arising from hair follicles usually located on the nose, upper lips and cheeks. The condition usually affects females and is cosmetically disfiguring. Malignant transformation is rare. We report a case of trichoepithelioma in a 14-yearold female, who presented with an eleven-year history of multiple skin-colored, firm, asymptomatic papules and nodules on the face. The patient was treated with three sessions of carbon dioxide laser ablation to remove the lesions. Most of the lesions resolved with atrophic scars, which were subsequently treated with carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. Close follow-up is recommended in this case tomonitor for recurrence.


Perlas, MCF, Galang, MC, Gabriel, MT & Castillo, AR. (2017). Multiple familial trichoepitheliomas: A disfiguring malady successfully treated with carbon dioxide laser. Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society, 26(1), 82-84.



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