Adenoma sebaceum

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Wax moulage, side view of a child’s face showing ‘adenoma sebaceum’ (a genetic skin disorder), early twentieth century

Adenoma sebaceum is a misnamed cutaneous disorder consisting of angiofibromas that begin in childhood (generally present between 2–5 years of age) and appear clinically as red papules on the face especially on the nasolabial folds, cheek and chin[1]:195 mostly thought to be acne not responding to treatment. Adenoma sebaceum may at times be associated with tuberous sclerosis.[2] Gradually the papules become more prominent with time and persist throughout life.[3] Cosmetic removal by argon or pulse dye laser or scalpel is indicated.

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  1. ^ Marks, James G; Miller, Jeffery (2006). Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology (4th ed.). Elsevier Inc. ISBN 1-4160-3185-5.
  2. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0. 
  3. ^ "DermIS - Adenoma Sebaceum (information on the diagnosis)". Retrieved 2016-01-01.