Korean J Dermatol.  2021 Mar;59(3):234-236.

Verrucous Carcinoma of the Nipple, Which Is a Rare Site

  • 1Department of Dermatology, Hallym University, Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital , Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Seoul, Korea


Verrucous carcinoma is a rare, low-grade, well-differentiated variant of squamous cell carcinoma. It occurs mainly on the soles, but has also been reported in other locations, including the buttocks, hand, anus, and genitalia. A 38-year-old woman presented with an asymptomatic skin lesion of the nipple. She first noticed the lesion three months prior. A solitary, cauliflower-shaped, black polypoid mass was observed on her right nipple. Histopathological examination revealed a superficial lesion resembling verruca vulgaris. It was composed of relatively well-differentiated cells with severe epidermal proliferation, and some tumor cells were observed in the dermis. The final diagnosis was verrucous carcinoma. Complete excision of all the lesions was performed. The patient had no recurrence. We report an interesting case of verrucous carcinoma that occurred at a relatively rare site; only one previous report of verrucous carcinoma associated with the breast or nipple was found.


Nipples; Squamous cell carcinoma; Verrucous carcinoma
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