Seborrheic Keratosis Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Arthur K Balin, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is seborrheic keratosis?

What is the pathophysiology of seborrheic keratosis?

What is the role of genetics in the pathophysiology of seborrheic keratosis?

What causes seborrheic keratosis?

What is the prevalence of seborrheic keratosis in the US?

What is the global prevalence of seborrheic keratosis?

What are the racial predilections of seborrheic keratosis?

How does the incidence of seborrheic keratosis vary by sex?

Which age groups are at highest risk for seborrheic keratosis?

What is the prognosis of seborrheic keratosis?

What information about seborrheic keratosis should patients receive?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of seborrheic keratosis?

Which physical findings are characteristic of seborrheic keratosis?

Which findings on epiluminescent surface microscopic exam suggest seborrheic keratosis?

What are variants of seborrheic keratosis?

What are the complications of seborrheic keratosis?

DDX

How is seborrheic keratosis differentiated from other benign lesions and malignancies?

What are the differential diagnoses for Seborrheic Keratosis?

Workup

What is the role of lab studies in the workup of seborrheic keratosis?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of seborrheic keratosis?

What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of seborrheic keratosis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of seborrheic keratosis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of the hyperkeratotic type of seborrheic keratosis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of the reticulated or adenoid type of seborrheic keratosis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of the acanthotic type with acantholysis of seborrheic keratosis?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of clonal seborrheic keratosis?

What are the histologic differential diagnoses of seborrheic keratosis?

Treatment

What is included in the medical care of seborrheic keratosis?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of seborrheic keratosis?

Which specialist consultation are needed for the treatment of seborrheic keratosis?

Which activity restrictions are used in the treatment of seborrheic keratosis?

What is included in long-term monitoring of seborrheic keratosis?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of seborrheic keratosis?

Which medications in the drug class Keratolytic agents are used in the treatment of Seborrheic Keratosis?