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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 197273, 4 pages
Case Report

Recurrent Giant Pilomatrixoma of the Face: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, 850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, USA
2Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, Boston Medical Center, Boston University, 100 East Newton street, Boston, MA 02118, USA
3Boston Medical Center, Boston University, 850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118, USA

Received 7 August 2012; Accepted 1 October 2012

Academic Editors: M. Manfredi, G. Sammartino, and E. F. Wright

Copyright © 2012 Mohammed Nadershah et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Pilomatrixoma, also known as pilomatricoma, is a benign tumor that originates from the matrix of the hair root. It usually presents as a single, slow-growing subcutaneous or intradermal firm nodule with a general size of less than 3 centimeters (cm) in diameter. However, giant pilomatrixomas (more than 5 cm) have been reported infrequently. It is more common in females and usually presents during the first two decades of life (60%) as an asymptomatic, mobile, hard, elastic mass. Most of the cases are benign and affect the face. The authors report a rare case of a giant pilomatricoma of the cheek and discuss the surgical management of these lesions, histopathological findings, and review of the literature.