Chondrodermatitis nodularis nasi.J Cutan Pathol. 2020 Jun 23 [Online ahead of print]JC
Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis is a relatively common ulcerative, inflammatory condition affecting the skin and cartilage of the ear. We present a case of chondrodermatitis affecting the skin and cartilage of the nose, designated chondrodermatitis nodularis nasi. Clinically, chondrodermatitis presents as a singular, painful, ulcerated papule or nodule that results from prolonged pressure, trauma, sun exposure, or vascular compromise. The clinical features resemble those seen in skin cancer, and a biopsy is often required to secure the diagnosis. Histopathologic analysis of chondrodermatitis demonstrates a central ulcer, beneath which there is fibrinoid necrosis of the dermis and inflammatory infiltrates. The ulcer is bordered by pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia with underlying granulation tissue. In addition to a clinical and morphologic description of chondrodermatitis nodularis nasi, a discussion of etiological factors and differential diagnoses is included. Increased recognition and reporting of the condition will allow for the exploration of optimal treatment strategies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.