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Our Dermatol Online.  2013; 4(3): 392-394
DOI:.  10.7241/ourd.20133.99
Date of submission:  24.03.2013 / acceptance: 10.05.2013
Conflicts of interest: None


Khalid Al Aboud1, Ahmad Al Aboud2

1Department of Public Health, King Faisal Hospital, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2Dermatology Department, King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Corresponding author:  Dr. Khalid Al Aboud    e-mail: amoa65@hotmail.com


The term “eponym” originates from the Greek word “eponymous”, which means “named after”. Dermatology literature is rich in eponyms [1]. In this communication, we aimed to highlight on selected eponyms in dermatology literature linked to the vascular tumors, which we listed it in in Table I [1-7].
Eponyms in the dermatology
literature linked to the vascular
Angiokeratoma of Fordyce [1]
Named after an American dermatologist, John Addison Fordyce (1858 -1925) (Fig. 1).
Figure 1. John Addison Fordyce (1858 -1925)
Dąbska tumor (DT) [2,3]
It is a rare, low-grade angiosarcoma that often affects the skin of children. It is named after, Maria Dąbska, a Polish pathologist, born 1920 (Fig. 2). She originally described DT in 1969 and named it malignant endovascular papillary angioendothelioma of the skin in childhood. She described 6 patients during a 14-year period (1953-1967) at the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology in Warsaw, Poland, where she was a member of the Pathology faculty.
Figure 2. Maria Dąbska. Reproduced from reference number 3.
Kaposi sarcoma [4]
It is a mesenchymal tumor that involves blood and lymphatic vessels and that affects multiple organs, most commonly the skin. It was first described as “idiopathic multiple pigmented sarcoma” by Moritz Kaposi Kohn (1837–1902) (Fig. 3), in 1872. Kaposi was born in Hungary, and graduated in medicine from the University of Vienna. He was one of the first to establish dermatology based on anatomic pathology. His book, Pathology and Therapy of the Skin Diseases in Lectures for Practical Physicians and Students, became one of the most significant books in the history of dermatology and was translated into several languages.
Figure 3. Moritz Kaposi (1837–1902). Reproduced from reference number 4.
Kimura disease [5]
Kimura disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology that most
commonly presents as painless lymphadenopathy or subcutaneous masses in the
head or neck region. The first report of Kimura disease was from China in 1937, in
which Kimm and Szeto described 7 cases of a condition they termed „eosinophilic
hyperplastic lymphogranuloma”. The disorder received its current name in 1948, when
Kimura et al, noted the vascular component and referred to it as an „unusual granulation
combined with hyperplastic changes in lymphoid tissue”. In the histopathology of this
disease, one may see, Warthin-Finkeldey giant cells. This cell which can be seen also
in measles is named after, Wilhelm Finkeldey, a German pathologist and Aldred Scott
Warthin (1866-1931) (Fig. 4), an American pathologist .
Figure 4. Aldred Scott Warthin (1866-1931). A courtesy of National library of Medicine.
Masson tumour [6]
This is another name for, Intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia. It was first
described by Claude L. Pierre Masson (1880-1959) (Fig. 5), French-born Canadian
Figure 5. Claude L. Pierre Masson (1880-1959). Reproduced from reference number 6.
Sucquet-Hoyer canal [7]
This is part of glomus body from which glomus tumor arise. Masson studied a tumor
and found that its cells are similar to those found in the coccygeal gland or glomus
coccygeum and named the tumor glomus (latin for ball) tumor. He also gave the name
“Sucquet-Hoyer”, based on the earlier report s of Sucquet in 1862 and Hoyer in 1877.

                  Table I. Characteristics of all patients in the study

1. Al Aboud K, Al Hawsawi K, Ramesh V, Al Aboud D, Al Githami A: Eponyms in dermatology. Skinmed. 2004;3:11-2.
2. Schwartz RA: Dabska Tumor. E-medicine. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1112873-overview. Updated: Mar 9, 2012
3. Schwartz RA, Janniger EJ: On being a pathologist: Maria Dabska-the woman behind the eponym, a pioneer in pathology. Hum Pathol. 2011;42:913-7.
4. Al Aboud K, Al Aboud A: Eponyms in the dermatology literature linked to the skin and soft tissue tumors. Our Dermatol Online. 2013; (in press).
5. Piette EW: Kimura disease. E-medicine. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1098777-overview. Updated: Nov 7, 2012
6. Al Aboud K, Al Aboud A: Eponyms in dermatology literature linked to Canada. Our Dermatol Online. 2013;4:113-6.
7. Carroll RE, Berman AT: Glomus tumors of the hand: review of the literature and report on twenty-eight cases. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1972;54:691-703.



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