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Multiple skin neoplasms at one site (MUSK IN A NEST): collision tumor consisting of epidermal (macular seborrheic keratosis) and dermal (lichen amyloidosis) components


A collision tumor is a neoplastic lesion comprised of two or more tumors consisting of distinct cell populations in the concurrent location. Multiple skin neoplasms at one site (MUSK IN A NEST) is a term recently coined to describe two or more cutaneous benign or malignant tumors occurring at the same anatomic site. In retrospective studies, seborrheic keratosis and cutaneous amyloidosis have both individually been documented as a component of a MUSK IN A NEST. This report describes a 42-year-old woman who presented with a pruritic skin condition on her arms and legs of 13 years' duration. Skin biopsy results showed epidermal hyperplasia with hyperkeratosis, hyperpigmentation of the basal layer with mild acanthosis, and evidence of amyloid deposition in the papillary dermis. Based on the clinical presentation and pathology findings, a concurrent diagnosis of macular seborrheic keratosis and lichen amyloidosis was established. A MUSK IN A NEST consisting of a macular seborrheic keratosis and lichen amyloidosis is likely a more common occurrence than implied by the paucity of published cases of this phenomenon.

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