Histopathological types of skin tumors in Barak Valley: A hospital based study

Author : Dr. Swagata Dowerah, Dr. Momota Naiding

Neoplasms of skin and subcutis are classified as keratinocytic, melanocytic, appendageal, hematolymphoid, and soft tissue tumors and histopathological assessment is essential for their diagnosis. A study was undertaken to evaluate the histopathological types of skin tumors in Barak Valley of Assam, India as data regarding skin tumors is sparse and not well documented. Of a total of 170 skin biopsies studied over a period of one and a half years, there were 50 cases of skin tumors, of which 29 were benign and 21 were malignant. The mean age of patients with benign tumors was 32.42yrs and that of malignant tumors was 58.27 yrs. The male to female ratio for all tumors was 1.3:1. The most common category was of keratinocytic tumors (22 cases), followed by adnexal tumors. Most common malignant tumor was squamous cell carcinoma. Head and neck was the most commonly involved region.

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