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Cutaneous horn on eyelid. Is it inherited?

Hi friends, my friend has a veri, very small cutaneous horn on her eyelid . are cutaneous horns inherited? It is in your DNI? Perhaps, someone in my friend s family had it before? Could her children inherite it from her? She has a really small one on her eyelid. does this means that She may have more in the future maybe in other places of the body. should my neighbor have regular visits to the dermatologist now.Thanks so much!
Asked On : Fri, 5 Oct 2012
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Hello and thank you for posting your query on HCM

Cutaneous horna are benign growth of superficial layer of the epidermis and overproduction of keratin.
The outer layer of skin is lined by a tough layer called the stratified squamous layer. This squamous layer produces keratin.
Horns are produced due to overproduction of keratin by the squamous epithelial cells.
They are produced on the sun exposed skin of head and neck. they can also be produced on exposure to sunlight or at burn site. They can grow several centimeters in length.
Since it is made up of dead material- keratin, it can be excised with a razor blade witjout causing pain in the same manner as finger nails and hair are cut.
Chances of developing a malignancy are very rare in the horn.
Surgical removal is the treatment is the treatment of choice.

Take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Sun, 7 Oct 2012
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