Subepidermal calcified nodule (SCN) is a clinical form of idiopathic calcinosis cutis, which commonly affects children, and presents as yellowish-white lesions involving the face. It is often misdiagnosed for other disorders like warts and molluscum contagiosum and treated by ablative procedures. In such a scenario, lack of histopathological examination makes it difficult to reach the correct diagnosis. We here report a case of SCN which was diagnosed after an excisional biopsy. Further, histopathological finding of dermal calcium deposits must prompt the clinician to rule out other disorders leading to calcinosis cutis, before labelling the case as SCN.
- General practice / family medicine
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Contributors The following authors were responsible for drafting of the text, sourcing and editing of clinical images, investigating results, drawing original diagrams and algorithms, and critical revision for important intellectual content—SC, AS, RP and RC. The following authors gave final approval of the manuscript—SC, AS, RP and RC.
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