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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2006 Dec;55(6):1036-43.

Self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis: cases highlighting subcutaneous/fascial involvement.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.



Self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis is a rare disease affecting young people characterized by transient cutaneous lesions and sometimes mild inflammatory symptoms. The deep dermal and subcutaneous features of this disorder have not yet been well described.


The purpose of our study was to present 3 cases of self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis in which the histopathologic features caused diagnostic confusion between this disorder and proliferative fasciitis.


The study includes clinical and histologic findings of 3 patients, complemented by a literature review.


The histologic descriptions of nodular lesions in self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis reveal features of proliferative fasciitis, including a myxoid stroma and gangliocyte-like giant cells.


Self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis is a rare condition and has not been frequently reported in medical literature. Our findings are based on the pathologic features of 3 patients.


Our findings further elucidate the histologic features of self-healing juvenile cutaneous mucinosis and expand the differential diagnosis for entities in which gangliocyte-like giant cells are noted.

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