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.


No medications necessary.


No restriction.


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.


Excellent prognosis.


Nothing Specified’.

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