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Dermatol Online J. 2014 Sep 16;20(9). pii: 13030/qt5v18796n.

Myxoid stroma and delicate vasculature of a superficial angiomyxoma give rise to the red planet sign.

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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


Superficial angiomyxomas are uncommon benign mesenchymal tumors. They often recur locally if partially removed. This case report demonstrates not only the characteristic pathological findings of a superficial angiomyxoma in a 33- year-old man, but also shows a unique dermatoscopic image, which in our estimation resembles a celestial red planet such as the blood moon seen during a lunar eclipse. We propose to call this the "red planet" sign for a superficial angiomyxoma on dermoscopic examination.

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