Cutaneous Horn

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A cutaneous horn, is also medically known as cornu cutaneum, which primarily refers to a partcular appearance of skin lesions that is manifested by a cone-shaped protuberance that arises on the skin. This is usually caused by an overgrowth of the superficial layer of skin or the epidermis. Although it may appear as a lesion, a cutaneous horn is actually the reaction to the pattern of the skin and may overlie skin cancer.


The physical appearance of the lesion is the primary form of diagnosis during physical checkup. A histopathologic examination is also performed to determine the nature and causative factor of the lesion.


Before any treatment is administered, it is important to determine if lesions are benign or malignant to ensure proper treatment approach and attention is given. If the lesion is precancerous, the lesion may be freezed using liquid nitrogen and topical chemotherapy is likely to be used. If the lesion is benign, usually no treatment is required. For cancerous lesions, a surgical procedure is advised to remove as application of a topical chemotherapy agent is advised. In such case, radiation therapy may also be recommended.

Symptoms and Signs

A cutaneous horn is most likely to occur on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun. The growth takes a cone-shaped protuberance that may take a red or pink bump or lesion.


Some of the known causes of Cutaneous horn include dermafibroma, angiona, angiokeratoma, Lichen simplex chronicus, Seborrheic keratosis, sebaceous cyst, and Pyogenic granuloma. It can also be benign infectious in form such as genital warts or malignant such as certain forms of melanoma.

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