Pilomatrixoma of the cheek- A Case Report


  • Anand Ramanathan Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Science, Faculty of Dentistry, University Malaya
  • Mohd Khairul Anwar Mohd Tahir Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Science, Faculty of Dentistry, University Malaya.
  • George Boey Teik Foo Department of Oral Medicine & Pathology, QE Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Saravanan Gopalan Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, QE Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Marzuki Zainal Abidin Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, QE Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
  • Fairuz Abdul Rahman Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Clinical Science, Faculty of Dentistry, University Malaya.




Keywords: Pilomatrixoma, Calcifying epithelioma of Malherbe, Benign calcifying epithelioma, Benign appendageal neoplasm, Hair follicle, Head and neck tumour



Pilomatrixoma is a relatively common benign tumour arising from the matrix and inner sheath of a normal hair follicle as well as hair cortex. It is usually presented as a superficial, solitary, firm mass which is asymptomatic and slowly growing. It accounts for about  0.2% of all routine skin specimens and may poses a diagnostic challenge as it may resemble other common benign lesions found in the head and neck region. We report a case of a 33-year old men presented to us with a pilomatrixoma of the right cheek, surgical management and histological findings.


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