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Cutaneous angioleiomyoma of the auricle: a painless variant of a painful tumour
  1. Andrew J Newman,
  2. Dustin Mullens,
  3. Sarah Estrada,
  4. Jason Barr
  1. Dermatology Residency, Affiliated Dermatology, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew J Newman, anewman{at}


Cutaneous angioleiomyomas (ALMs) are uncommon benign tumours of the skin which derive from the smooth muscle layer of dermal blood vessels. They usually present as tender nodules in the fifth or sixth decade of life, predominantly in the legs of females. These tumours rarely present on the head and neck, especially the ear. Head and neck ALMs differ from their more common leg counterparts in that they are painless. Additionally, they do not manifest with a female predominance. Herein, a new case of a painless auricular ALM in a 63-year-old man is reported.

  • dermatology
  • ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • pathology
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  • Contributors AJN (submission author herein) compiled the work of the authors and coordinated the article’s completion. I contributed to formulating the majority of the text for the article, including the discussion section. I gained consent from the patient. DM constructed the literature review of the article topic and wrote the background section of the article. SE interpreted/diagnosed the pathology presented herein, and she yielded the figures and captions, and her expertise in pathology was used to solidify the pathology details of the article. JB saw the patient in office initially and performed the surgery on the pathology presented herein. He was our chief editor of the text.

  • Funding The authors have not given a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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