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Myopericytoma as an unusual cause of scarring alopecia in a child
Ying-Fang Lin, Chin-Yi Yang, Chien-Hsun Chen, Tseng-tong Kuo

Myopericytoma is a benign tumor composed of myoid-appearing oval to spindle-shaped cells arranged in a concentric perivascular pattern of growth. It arises most commonly in the dermis or subcutaneous tissue of the extremities in adults, and presents as a well-circumscribed, slow-growing, painless firm tumor. We describe a case of myopericytoma with unusual clinical presentation as scarring alopecia in a 14-year-old girl without any underlying disease, who presented with a 2-month history of a pink patch with hair loss on her frontal scalp. Under the diagnosis of discoid lupus erythematosus, an incisional biopsy was also performed. The biopsy specimen revealed a myopericytoma characterized by a subcutaneous large vein-like structure surrounded by spindled, stellate, and cuboidal cells with multiple small branching vascular spaces. The overlying dermis was fibrotic with dilated vessels and the number of hair follicles was decreased. No features of lupus erythematosus were noted and a lupus band test was negative. Total excision was performed. No recurrence occurred in the following 2 years.

Keywords: scalp myopericytoma, pediatric scarring alopecia

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