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Dermatol Ther (Heidelb). 2016 Sep;6(3):347-62. doi: 10.1007/s13555-016-0123-8. Epub 2016 Jun 21.

Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus Revisited.

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  • 1School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA.



Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus (FeP) is considered a variant of basal cell carcinoma (BCC); however, in the past 20 years, some researchers have argued for its classification as a trichoblastoma. Recently, use of a new immunostaining marker and further dermoscopic characterization of FeP have advanced the debate about its proper classification.


A review of the evidence for and against classification of FeP as BCC or trichoblastoma is presented.


Using PubMed, the term FeP was searched and relevant citations were assessed. Additional relevant articles were identified from references of key papers.


FeP shares characteristics of both trichoblastoma and BCC.


Derived from the same cell type, BCC and trichoblastoma may be best considered as representing opposite ends of a spectrum of differentiation, with FeP deserving an intermediate classification.


Basal; Carcinoma; Cell; Fibroepithelioma; PHLDA1; Pinkus; Trichoblastoma; Trichoepithelioma

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