Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
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LIMA, Livia Lima de et al. Primary cutaneous alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma in a pediatric patient. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2011, vol.86, n.2, pp. 363-365. ISSN 0365-0596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962011000200025.
Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue tumor in childhood; however, it rarely affects only the skin. This case report describes a child with a painful nodule on her face. Histopathology and immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma, and a multidisciplinary team then followed up the patient. Soft tissue tumors are responsible for 6% of all childhood tumors, and 53% of these are rhabdomyosarcomas, which may affect any part of the body. Presentation in the form of skin nodules is rare and represents a diagnostic challenge, since there are no clinical characteristics that differentiate this condition from other pathologies.
Keywords : Head and neck neoplasms; Pediatrics; Rhabdomyosarcoma, Alveolar; Skin neoplasms.