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Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 141075, 6 pages
Case Report

Hypertrichotic Giant Nevus Spilus Tardivus and Neurofibroma of the Tongue in Sporadic von Recklinghausen’s Disease

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Kannur Dental College, Anjarakandy, Kannur, Kerala 670612, India
2 Department of Physiology, SDM College of Medical Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka 580009, India

Received 23 July 2014; Revised 21 October 2014; Accepted 21 October 2014; Published 11 November 2014

Academic Editor: Akimichi Morita

Copyright © 2014 Prabhath Ramakrishnan 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.


Solitary neurofibromas are rare, benign tumours of nonodontogenic origin. The presentation of a solitary neurofibroma on the tongue is an uncommon occurrence and we present such a case here which was discovered in concomitance with multiple neurofibromatosis type 1 (von Recklinghausen’s disease). Such a rare presentation seen in this case is a diagnostic challenge and often clinched only with the aid of histopathological and immunohistochemical examination. This work also discusses the various differential diagnoses that can be considered in similar cases. The presence of a hypertrichotic “giant” nevus spilus tardivus (Becker’s nevus) is also a rare finding in this particular case. We present such a case which will be of interest to the budding dental practitioner. The lesion was excised and the patient followed up without any evidence of malignant transformation.