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Angiofibroma in Child
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Angiofibroma in Child

Contributors: Christine S. Ahn MD, FAAD, William W. Huang MD, MPH, FAAD, Susan Burgin MD
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Cutaneous angiofibroma is a term encompassing a range of skin lesions, including angiofibromas or "adenoma sebaceum" of tuberous sclerosis (TS), fibrous papules of the face, pearly penile papules, and acral fibrokeratomas.

The angiofibromas of the face seen with TS consist of papules, nodules, and occasionally plaques in a butterfly distribution and in the nasolabial grooves in a symmetric pattern. These typically develop in childhood and adolescence and can be misdiagnosed as lesions of acne vulgaris. The fibrous cephalic plaque is a larger variant of an angiofibroma seen in up to 20% of TS patients, most often located on the forehead or scalp. Multiple facial angiofibromas can also be seen in other syndromes, including multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1), neurofibromatosis (NF) type 2, and Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome.

Fibrous papules of the face are usually solitary or few in number, most often seen in adults. They are dome shaped and skin colored, usually asymptomatic, with a predilection for the nose.

Pearly penile papules are chronic, asymptomatic, pinpoint (1-3 mm) white papules found in a circumferential distribution along the coronal margin and sulcus of the penis in up to 30% of adult males. They are observed more frequently in uncircumcised men.

Acral fibrokeratomas include acquired digital fibrokeratoma and periungual fibrokeratoma as well as the periungual, subungual, and ungual fibromas (Koenen tumors) of TS. Isolated lesions of acquired digital fibrokeratomas present as hyperkeratotic papules on the digits surrounded by a collarette of scale. Periungual fibromas are pink or skin colored and originate from the proximal nail fold, whereas subungual fibromas originate from underneath the nail plate.


D36.9 – Benign neoplasm, unspecified site

302857002 – Angiofibroma

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  • Acne vulgaris / Rosacea (facial lesions)
  • Trichilemmoma (fibrous papule or multiple facial papules)
  • Trichoepithelioma (fibrous papule or multiple facial papules)
  • Fibrofolliculomas (fibrous papule or multiple facial papules)
  • Collagenoma (cephalic fibrous plaque)
  • Sebaceous hyperplasia (fibrous papule)
  • Nodular basal cell carcinoma (fibrous papule)
  • Genital wart (pearly penile papules)
  • Common wart (periungual lesions)
  • Subungual exostosis (periungual lesions)

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Last Reviewed:09/27/2018
Last Updated:10/25/2020
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Angiofibroma in Child
A medical illustration showing key findings of Angiofibroma : Cheek, Nose, Smooth papule
Clinical image of Angiofibroma - imageId=1198236. Click to open in gallery.  caption: '"Adenoma sebaceum" (cutaneous angiofibromas) of tuberous sclerosis manifesting as numerous pink and brown papules on the nose, upper cutaneous lip, and cheek.'
"Adenoma sebaceum" (cutaneous angiofibromas) of tuberous sclerosis manifesting as numerous pink and brown papules on the nose, upper cutaneous lip, and cheek.
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