Category Archives: Skin and Soft Tissue

Palpable Non-osseous Surface Masses – Evaluation

For palpable non-osseous (non-bony) surface masses with an intact skin coverage, I usually get the following data or characteristics to be used in my evaluation for a clinical diagnosis: Location Discreteness (discrete or non-discrete : obvious or non-obvious) Size (estimate … Continue reading

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General Indications for Operation of Soft Tissue Masses

There are a lot of patients presenting with soft tissues masses in the extremities and trunk and neck.  Most of these are benign, usually lipomas, neurofibromas, etc.   The general approach is to wait and watch or monitoring without resorting to … Continue reading

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Lipomas – Chest Area and Axilla

Lipomas Deep-seated lipoma on the chest wall Lipoma on the right axillary area Lipoma – Mayo Clinic A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. A lipoma, which feels … Continue reading

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Seborrheic Keratosis – Thigh

E.R., 79-year-old female, with a black, warty-surface, and pedunculated on her left thigh. Initially, my considerations were: verrucae vulgaris, melanoma, and seborrheic keratosis.  The histopath result showed seborrheic keratosis. Warty Pedunculated Warty No clear-cut base – spreading base As I … Continue reading

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Epidermal Cyst

Epidermal Cyst What is an epidermal cyst? An epidermal cyst is a non-cancerous superficial skin mass caused by implantation of the epidermal elements into the dermis.   Epidermis is the surface layer of skin while the dermis is the deeper layer.  … Continue reading

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Skin and Soft Tissue Self-examination for Filipinos

Skin and Soft Tissue Self-examination (SSTSE) for Filipinos Reynaldo O.  Joson, M.D. July 15, 2014 Definition of Terms Skin is “balat” in the Pilipino language. It is what one sees on the surface of the entire body of a person. … Continue reading

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