LETTER TO THE EDITOR Eur J Plast Surg (2000) 23:297–298 © Springer-Verlag 2000 M. Emiroglu · I. Askar · Z. Can Dear Sir, A case of pseudolymphoma involving the preauricu- lar area, tragus, and auricle is presented; it was treated with wide excision and prednisolone therapy. Pseudolymphoma is a benign lesion that simulates malignant lymphoma. It is a lymphomatous lesion thought to be a chronic inflammatory change that can be distinguished pathologically from a malignant lympho- ma. The usual sites are skin, head, neck, lungs, and gas- trointestinal tract [1–3]. Cutaneous pseudolymphoma is considered to be a be- nign (reactive) cutaneous lymphoid proliferation; the term designates reactive diseases of the skin that histo- logically mimic cutaneous lymphoma [4]. The etiology of pseudolymphoma is unknown, although review of the literature suggests an association with some predisposing factors, such as, prior bacterial and viral infections, trau- ma, drugs, insect bites, allergens, and emboli [5–8]. Al- though pseudolymphoma is a benign lymphoprolifera- tive disorder, transformation into malignant lymphoma has been reported [6]. Pseudolymphoma can also be found in association with other malignancies [9]. A 45-year-old man presented with a 2-year history of Fig. 1 A huge, diffuse swelling 8×9 cm in size around the anterior unremitting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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