Dermoscopy of cutaneous horn of the nose

Selma El Kadiri, Hanane Baybay, Rhizlane Chaoui, Zakia Douhi, Sara Elloudi, Fatima Zahra Mernissi

Department of Dermatology, CHU Hassan II, Fez, Morocco

Corresponding author: Dr. Selma El Kadiri, E-mail:

Submission: 18.02.2020; Acceptance: 05.03.2020

DOI: 10.7241/ourd.2020e.28

Cite this article: El Kadiri S, Bay Bay H, Chaoui R, Douhi Z, Elloudi S, Mernissi FZ. Dermoscopy of cutaneous horn of the nose. Our Dermatol Online. 2020;11(e):e28.1-e28.2.

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Cutaneous horn are hyperkeratotic projections of the skin which usually develop on sun-exposed areas. Their etiologies are variable [1]. We report a case of a 32-year old man presented with a 7 month increasing and itchy keratotic papule on the nose. Dermatological examination revealed a sessile and keratotic horn located in the right perinarinar region (Fig. 1). Dermoscopic evaluation found harpin vessels, black dots in combination with white-yellowish exophytic and keratotic projection pattern (Fig. 2). A complete excision was performed at the base and send for pathological review. Histopathological examination of biopsy specimens showed spiking epidermal, koilocytes in the superficial layer of the epidermis, columns of parakeratosis and dilated blood vessels in the dermal papillae. Features were conssitent with a warty horn and the patient was reassured.

Figure 1: Clinical aspect of warty horn in the righ perinarinar region.
Figure 2: Dermoscopy of warty horn.

Warts are common cause of consultation and are caused by human papillomavirus. They can occur in different areas and their clinical aspect is very variable from vulgaris wart, palmo-plantar warts and condolyma acuminata. Cutaneous horn are conical skin raised skin lesions composed of dead keratin [2]. It is difficult sometimes to differentiate warty horn from other causes like(squamous cell carcinoma, keratoacanthoma and trichilemmal carcinoma [3]. Dermoscopy of warts can found black dots corresponding to thrombosed vessels. The vascular structures are frequently dotted or linear. Hairpin vessels were reported in combination with keratotic projection like our case. They can be seen in other dermatosis as squamous cell carcinoma but they are surrounded by a whitish halo [4].


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