Multiple Noncancerous Growths On The Body
Individuals affected by Cowden syndrome tend to develop multiple noncancerous growths on their bodies, including trichilemmomas, lipomas, neuromas, and sclerotic fibromas. Noncancerous bone cysts and benign adenomas in many parts of the body have also been found in patients with Cowden syndrome. Trichilemmoma is a noncancerous tumor in the hair follicle that differentiates in the direction of the root sheath.
A lipoma is a noncancerous growth that occurs underneath the skin as a result of fat cell overgrowth. A neuroma is a noncancerous growth of nervous tissues on an individual's foot between the ball of the foot and the toes. A sclerotic fibroma is a flesh-colored noncancerous growth under the skin made of hypocellular collagen bundles. Every Cowden syndrome patient develops some form of noncancerous or cancerous tumors on their body.