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OVANDO ARCIENEGA, Diego Israel; PAREDES ROJAS, Marcelo  and  ARCIENEGA LLANO, Eligio. Rhinophyma - total skin autograft. Rev Cient Cienc Méd [online]. 2013, vol.16, n.1, pp.40-42. ISSN 1817-7433.

Rosacea is a chronic skin disease of unknown origin, mainly located on the face, characterized by episodes of flushing, edema, redness with papules, pustules, telangiectasia and fibrosis.The rhinophyma represents the advanced stage of rosacea, showing hyperplasia and hypertrophy of the sebaceous glands on the nose, with thickened, irregular, lobed appearance, red-purple color and dilated pores. Several factors have been proposed, like:genetic, sunlight, heat, cold, steroids, alcohol consumption (not shown), and the presence of Helicobacter pylori, infections and seborrhea factors. It may also represent a hypersensitivity reaction to Demodex folliculorum acarus. Antibiotics, retinoids, cryotherapy, radiotherapy, tangential excision and full-thickness excision with direct closure with or without skin grafts are used for it treatment. The best choice of treatment is surgical in rinophyma patients with big tumors that compromise the airways.

Keywords : Rhinophyma; Skin graft.

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