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Keratoacanthoma

Keratoacanthoma

Overview

Keratoacanthomas are rapidly growing, red (erythematous), dome shaped bumps (papules/nodules) with central craters. Occasionally, these will disappear spontaneously (involute). Often, they are treated to avoid further involvement or destruction of underlying tissue. They are of concern because of the similarity to squamous cell cancer.

Review Date 7/23/2015

Updated by: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.