An observational study on papules over the face in elderly women above the age of fifty years


  • Vipul Paul Thomas Department of Dermatology, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Jayakar Thomas Department of Dermatology, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India



Facial papules, Elderly women, Benign, Malignant


Background: Facial papules over the face occurring in women above fifty years can be of multiple aetiologies like infections, inflammatory causes and tumours either benign or malignant. Diagnosis is mainly clinical and histopathology only for conformation.

Methods: A cross sectional study was done to evaluate the incidence of papules in women attending the dermatology OPD in a tertiary care hospital aged above 50 years of age. Interpretation of the findings included the frequency of various benign and malignant conditions and also if the papules where the reason for the consultation.

Results: In our study majority of the patients had asymptomatic facial papules and had come to the dermatology OPD for other skin conditions. The most common cause for facial papules was compound nevus followed by dermatitis papulosa nigra. The age group most affected was within 61and 70 years of age.

Conclusions: Our study concluded that facial papules of benign neoplastic aetiology are the most prevalent in our population setting. Treatment is advised for symptomatic relief, cosmetic amelioration or malignancy prophylaxis.



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