Follicular mucinosis is a cutaneous disorder distinguished by the buildup of mucin in the sebaceous glands and the pilosebaceous follicles. It is associated with a number of diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, mycosis fungoides, and several dermatoses, but it may also arise as a separate clinical entity. The presence of single or multiple well-delineated erythematous plaques with alopecia is the typical presentation. Histological examination of the lesions is necessary to make the diagnosis.
Follicular mucinosis (also known as alopecia mucinosa) is a rare cutaneous disease characterized by the accumulation and deposition of mucin in hair follicles and sebaceous glands, with follicular keratinocytes being the presumable origin of excessive mucin    . The pathogenesis of follicular mucinosis is yet to be revealed, and the clinical presentation varies only slightly across different subtypes that have been described in the literature     
- Idiopathic (primary or benign) - In the absence of an underlying etiology that could be responsible for cutaneous symptoms, primary or idiopathic follicular mucinosis is predominantly encountered in children and young adults as solitary lesions in the form of erythematous plaques or nodules accompanied by alopecia on the head and neck area, including the face   . Plaques are well-demarcated, skin-colored or pink, show signs of scaling and spontaneously resolve within a period of months or years   . In some patients, a prolonged and more chronic course of the disease has been reported, distinguished by several relapses and dissemination of lesions on the trunk and the extremities .
- Secondary - The presence of generalized erythematous plaques and alopecia is almost universally associated with some underlying disorder   , and patients are much older compared to primary forms (40-70 years of age) . Mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome (cutaneous T-cell lymphomas) are two most important pathologies linked to follicular mucinosis; systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), various dermatoses (eczema, alopecia areata, insect bites, etc.) have all been recognized in secondary forms of this cutaneous disorder    .
Alopecia mucinosa What causes alopecia mucinosa? The cause of alopecia mucinosa is unknown, but it may have something to do with circulating immune complexes and cell-mediated immunity. [dermnetnz.org]
KEYWORDS: alopecia areata; alopecia mucinosa; follicular mucinosis [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
The presence of single or multiple well-delineated erythematous plaques with alopecia is the typical presentation. Histological examination of the lesions is necessary to make the diagnosis. [symptoma.com]
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Reviewing the literature of follicular mucinosis appearing as an acneiform eruption of the face and neck, we were unable to find any case evolving in lymphoma, suggesting that this form is a particular clinical sub-type of follicular mucinosis with a [moh-it.pure.elsevier.com]
Each presented as an unusual acneiform eruption. Two of the cases demonstrated a clonal genetic rearrangement of the T-cell receptor within the cutaneous lymphoid infiltrate, a finding not previously reported. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Follicular Mucinosis Presenting as an Acneiform Eruption: Report of Four Cases. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1998;38(5 Pt 2):849-51. PubMed PMID: 9591801. TY - JOUR T1 - Follicular mucinosis presenting as an acneiform eruption: report of four cases. [unboundmedicine.com]
The skin lesion had follicular hyperkeratosis, and lacked hair. A skin biopsy specimen showed a dense perifollicular infiltration composed of lymphocytes, with an admixture of eosinophils in the full thickness of the dermis. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Spiny follicular hyperkeratosis is a rare but characteristic paraneoplastic cutaneous manifestation of multiple myeloma. 3. [e-ijd.org]
hyperkeratosis and hair casts. ( 23723501 ) Gutte R.M. 2013 33 Follicular mucinosis presenting as an acneiform eruption: a follow-up study. ( 24257190 ) Brau-Javier C.N....SA! [malacards.org]
All reported cases with syringolymphoid hyperplasia were men (10 of 10), with the clinical findings of alopecia (9 of 10) and anhidrosis (3 of 10). Only 3 of 10 cases had associated follicular mucinosis. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Lesional pruritis or intense itching, dysethesia (burning or tingling sensation), and anhidrosis (the inability to sweat in response to heat) are documented clinical symptoms of alopecia mucinosa. [keratin.com]
In both cases, pathological evaluation of the facial papules revealed predominantly mucinous degeneration of the follicular epithelium, with insufficient lymphocytic infiltration or atypia to diagnose mycosis fungoides. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Because of the wide differential diagnosis that may be seen with follicular mucinosis, particularly in older adults, the physician must conduct a thorough clinical investigation. Firstly, the course of symptoms, their severity, as well as their progression or possible relapse should be assessed. It must be noted that some of the underlying etiologies (eg. mycosis fungoides) might develop before, after, or together with follicular mucinosis, which is why a detailed personal history is essential in revealing disease that can point to the causative illness  . A meticulous inspection of the skin that will allow detection of typical erythematous plaques and alopecia is perhaps even more important in narrowing the number of possible diagnoses. To confirm follicular mucinosis, however, a biopsy of the lesion and subsequent histopathological examination is necessary   . Confirmation of mucin deposition in the external root of the hair follicle and sebaceous glands and an abundant lymphocytic infiltrate in the follicles are main microscopic findings  . Many studies have attempted to find histological criteria that could differentiate between idiopathic and secondary forms of follicular mucinosis, but the appearance of both subtypes on histology is virtually identical  . Thus, the classification rests on clinical criteria and the ability of the physician to recognize main clinical features.
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