The skin and oral cavity are traditionally the organs on which the physician relies when searching for visible signs of internal diseases, neoplastic or not (e.g., diabetes, anaemia). The association between skin disorders and malignancy can be a mere occasional finding or a meaningful sign. Some disorders (facultative paraneoplastic dermatoses) are inconsistently associated with a malignancy (e.g., paraneoplastic pemphigus and pemphigoid, acquired ichthyosis, dermatomyositis, carcinoid syndrome, migrant thrombophlebitis, etc.), whilst others almost certainly denote the coexistence of a malignancy (malignant acanthosis nigricans, erythema gyratum repens of Gammel, glucagonoma syndrome, acquired hypertrichosis lanuginosa, and acrokeratosis paraneoplastica of Bazex). The knowledge of these mucosal and cutaneous disorders is essential for the dermatologist as well as for the general physician, as in many cases a timely, thorough research for the malignancy can allow an early diagnosis and a real chance of cure.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cutaneous paraneoplastic syndromes|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
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