Seborrheic Keratosis

, Corinna Eleni Psomadakis2 and Bobby Buka3

Department of Family Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Attending Mount Sinai Doctors/Beth Israel Medical Group-Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, USA

School of Medicine Imperial College London, London, UK

Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA


Seborrheic keratosisBarnacles of ageBenignEpidermal tumorSun exposureMoleCryosurgeryElectrodesiccation


Fig. 26.1
Stuck-on pink papule with hyperkeratotic surface


Fig. 26.2
Roughened papule 0.8 cm—these lesions are more commonly brown in color

Primary Care Visit Report

A 39-year-old female with past medical history of migraines presented with a new mole on her right upper arm that “just popped up,” per the patient. She noticed it about 6 months prior, and noted that it had changed in size since it appeared and bled occasionally.

Vitals were normal. On exam, there was a 4 mm × 4 mm erythematous, soft, fleshy papule on the patient’s right lateral forearm.

Because this was a new mole that was changing in size, the patient was referred to dermatology for further evaluation. The dermatologist biopsied the lesion and found it was seborrheic keratosis.

Discussion from Dermatology Clinic

Differential Dx

  • Seborrheic keratosis

  • Melanoma

  • Pigmented basal cell carcinoma

  • Verruca plana

  • Common acquired nevus

  • Acrochordon (skin tag)

Favored Dx

Malignant skin transformations should always be part of a differential that includes rapid growth and recent changes to a lesion. On clinical examination, this lesion appears to be a benign seborrheic keratosis.


Seborrheic keratoses (SK) are very common, benign epidermal tumors . They can occur at any age, though they more commonly occur in people above the age of 50, and tend to increase in number with age. There is no gender preference [1, 2]. Inheritance may play a role in their development, as they tend to run in families in an autosomal dominant fashion. Sun exposure has also been associated with SKs [2, 3]. Malignant transformations of SKs are extremely rare; however, there have been some cases of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma arising out of SK lesions [36].

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