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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2017, Article ID 8289710, 3 pages
Case Report

Angioleiomyoma of the Auricle: An Unusual Tumor on a Rare Location

Department of Dermatology and Dermatopathology, Edouard Herriot Hospital, 69437 Lyon Cedex 03, France

Correspondence should be addressed to Jean Kanitakis; rf.1noyl-vinu@sikatinak.naej

Received 25 September 2017; Accepted 15 November 2017; Published 10 December 2017

Academic Editor: Cheng Ping Wang

Copyright © 2017 Jean Kanitakis. 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.


Cutaneous angioleiomyomas (ALMs) (also known as vascular leiomyomas or angiomyomas) are unusual benign tumors of the skin deriving from the muscle layer of dermal blood vessels. They usually manifest as tender subcutaneous nodules, mostly encountered on the legs of adult women in their fifth or sixth life decade. ALMs rarely develop on the head/neck area, and even more rarely (<3% of all cases) on the auricle. Head/neck (including ear) ALMs differ from their more usual leg counterparts in that they are usually painless and do not show a female predominance. The diagnosis is clinically difficult, and most cases are diagnosed by histopathologic examination. A new case of an auricular ALM in a 40-year-old Caucasian man is reported herein, and a brief literature review on this unusual tumor is presented.