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Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 109308, 3 pages
Case Report

An Unusual Granular Cell Tumour of the Buttock and a Review of Granular Cell Tumours

1Skin Surgery Clinic, 271A Blockhouse Bay Road, Auckland 0600, New Zealand
2Department of Skin Cancer, University of Queensland, Australia
3Faculty of Surgery, University of Auckland, New Zealand
4QML Pathology, Townsville, QLD, Australia

Received 5 June 2013; Accepted 24 July 2013

Academic Editors: G. E. Piérard and J. A. Tschen

Copyright © 2013 Sharad P. Paul and Vladimir Osipov. 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.


Granular cell tumours, first described by Abrikossoff in 1926, are known to occur in skin, connective tissue, breast, gastrointestinal and genital tracts. While they are rare, they are more common in people of African descent and show a slight female preponderance, usually presenting as solitary and painless masses. Less than 10% of occurrences are multiple, and fewer than 3% of tumours behave in a malignant fashion. The mean age, at presentation, is 40–60 years. We report a case of granular cell tumour in a young white male presenting with a painful soft tissue tumour in his buttock. The presentation is unusual because of the age, patient demographic, body site, and clinical presentation. The clinical and histological aspects are reviewed in the context of this clinical case and the associated literature.