Keratoses, Seborrheic

General Illness Information

Medical Term:
Keratoses, Seborrheic

Common Name: None Specified

Description: A non-contagious, benign, inflammatory, pigmented, raised, scaling disease of the skin. It may involve the chest; back; face; arms; and can affect adults of both sexes. By age 60, almost everyone has a few seborrheic keratoses.

Causes: Unknown.

Prevention: No specific preventive measures.

Signs & Symptoms

Characteristic papules, which are pigmented, raised, flat, scaly lesions scattered on the skin surface.

Risk Factors

  • Aging.
  • Family history.
  • Sun exposure.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosis is by clinical examination.

General Measures:

Removal of lesions if they are unsightly, are irritated by clothing or interfere with grooming. Removal methods include cryosurgery, chemocautery, light electrosurgery or shave biopsy.

Medications:

No medications necessary.

Activity:

No restriction.

Diet:

No specific diet.

Possible Complications :

  • Seborrheic keratoses are not malignant or precancerous.
  • If they occur in close proximity to an eyelid, they may interfere with vision.

Prognosis

Excellent prognosis.

Other

Nothing Specified’.