Neurofibroma

Neurofibromas are common benign lesions derived from cells that surround nerves. They can occur anywhere on the body and may be single or multiple. The cause of single neurofibromas is unknown. Multiple neurofibromas are often a sign of neurofibromatosis, an inherited disorder which affects the skin, bone and nervous system.

Presentation:
The lesions are single or multiple soft, flesh colored, tan or pink bumps which may be on a stalk. The lesions can be pushed down through the skin with pressure. This phenomenon is known as “button-holing”.

Treatment:
These are benign lesions so no treatment is needed. However, if therapy is desired it is accomplished by surgical removal.

Anita Osmundson, D.O.
Department of Dermatology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine/Frankford Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.

Stephen M. Purcell, D.O., F.A.O.C.D.
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia
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