Seborrheic keratosis

Seborrheic keratosis

A seborrheic keratosis is a non-cancerous benign skin growth that originate in keratinocytes and like liver spots, are seen more often as people age. [ Moles, Freckles, Skin Tags, Benign Lentigines, and Seborrheic Keratoses] from the Cleveland Clinic website] They appear in various colors, from light tan to black, are round or oval-shaped, feel flat or slightly-elevated (like the scab from a healing wound), and range in size from very small to more than convert|2.5|cm|in|sigfig=1 across. [ Seborrheic keratosis: Symptoms] , from the Mayo Clinic website] They can resemble warts, though they have no viral origins. Because only the top layers of the epidermis are involved, seborrheic keratoses are often described as having a "pasted-on" appearance.


When correctly diagnosed, no treatment is necessary. There is a small risk of localized infection caused by picking at the lesion. If a growth becomes excessively itchy, or if it is irritated by clothing or jewelry, cryosurgery has been found to be highly effective in their removal.


Its cause is unclear; Because they are common on sun-exposed areas, such as the back, arms, face and neck, ultraviolet light might play a role, as may genetics. [ Seborrheic keratosis: Causes] , from the Mayo Clinic website] A mutation of a gene coding for a growth factor receptor (FGFR3), has been associated with seborrheic keratosis.cite journal |author=Hafner C, Hartmann A, Vogt T |title=FGFR3 mutations in epidermal nevi and seborrheic keratoses: lessons from urothelium and skin |journal=J. Invest. Dermatol. |volume=127 |issue=7 |pages=1572–3 |year=2007 |pmid=17568799 |doi=10.1038/sj.jid.5700772]


The term "seborrheic keratosis" combines the adjective form of seborrhea [ [ Seborrheic] , from Merriam-Webster's online medical dictionary] , keratinocyte (referring to the part of the epidermis that produces keratin), and the suffix -osis, meaning abnormal. [ [ Suffix "-osis"] from the Merriam-Webster website]


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