Cock's peculiar tumour
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Cock's peculiar tumour is a sebaceous cyst linked growth that can resemble a squamous cell carcinoma. The name is given after a 19th-century English surgeon Edward Cock. The proliferating cyst is usually solitary, but it often arises from a simple trichilemmal cysts in the hair follicle epithelium and these are multiple in 70% of cases. They are most commonly found on the scalp where the proliferating trichilemmal cyst will grow to a large size and ulcerate. Chronic inflammation can cause the cyst to take the form of a granuloma. This granuloma mimics a squamous-cell carcinoma (both clinically and histologically) and these ulcerating solitary cysts are called Cock's peculiar tumour.
Chronic inflammation causes the cyst to take the form of a granuloma. This granuloma mimics a squamous cell tumour. Hence it is a misnomer. It is not a tumour but looks like a tumour. The most common sites are the ones where one can find hairs. these are, scalp and scrotum.
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