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Papillary Dermal Elastolysis Secondary to Combination Nivolumab and Cabiralizumab Therapy: Histiocytes and Dermal Mucin as Clues to the Diagnosis

Yin, Lu; Criscito, Maressa C; Stokar, Evan; Siolas, Despina; Haimovic, Adele; Lo Sicco, Kristen; Brinster, Nooshin K
ABSTRACT/UNASSIGNED:Papillary dermal elastolysis has been described in the setting of experimental combination nivolumab and cabiralizumab immunotherapy. We report a third patient with distinctive, generalized atrophic macules that developed after a morbilliform eruption during a clinical trial for treatment of metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Histopathological findings demonstrated diminished elastic fibers in the papillary dermis, associated with a histiocyte-rich infiltrate and increased dermal mucin, features that should clue the dermatopathologist to this condition.
PMID: 34086644
ISSN: 1533-0311
CID: 4892152


Khetarpal, S; Soh, J; Velez, M W; Haimovic, A
ISSN: 2542-4327
CID: 3943732

Demographic and Tumor Characteristics of Patients Younger Than 50 Years With Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Referred for Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Quatrano, Nicola A; Mu, Euphemia W; Orbuch, David E; Haimovic, Adele; Geronemus, Roy G; Brauer, Jeremy A
BACKGROUND:An increase in nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in younger patients has been reported. Many are treated with Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS). OBJECTIVE:Investigate patient and tumor characteristics in patients less than 50 years undergoing MMS for NMSC at a large, referral-based practice. METHODS & MATERIALS/METHODS:Retrospective chart review of 1,332 tumors occurring in 1,018 consecutive patients over a five-year period. RESULTS:81.7% of tumors were BCC and 55.3% occurred in women. Patients less than 30 years were more likely to be female (P equals 0.016) and women were more likely to have BCC (P equals 0.010). SCCs were more likely with increasing age (P less than 0.001). Of all tumors, 3.6% were recurrent, 2.7% had diameters ≥ 2 centimeters, and 5.5% of all BCCs had a high-risk histologic subtype. Women were more than twice as likely as men to be referred to plastic surgery for repair (P equals 0.020). CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:Patients < 50 years with NMSC may represent a growing population referred for MMS, especially young women with BCC. High-risk tumor features were rare among young patients, and female gender was associated with an increased rate of referral for repair by a plastics subspecialty. Study was performed at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. IRB STATUS/UNASSIGNED:Approved by Essex Institutional Review Board, Protocol #MOHS40-65 <p><em>J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(5):499-505.</em></p>.
PMID: 29742179
ISSN: 1545-9616
CID: 3164092

Microneedling: A Comprehensive Review

Hou, Angela; Cohen, Brandon; Haimovic, Adele; Elbuluk, Nada
BACKGROUND: Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that uses fine needles to puncture the epidermis. The microwounds created stimulate the release of growth factors and induce collagen production. The epidermis remains relatively intact, therefore helping to limit adverse events. The indications for microneedling therapy have grown significantly, and it is becoming a more widely used treatment in dermatology. OBJECTIVE: A comprehensive review of microneedling in human subjects and its applications in dermatology. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A search was performed using PubMed/MEDLINE and Science Direct databases. Search terms included "microneedling," "needling," and "percutaneous collagen induction." All available studies involving human subjects were included in the discussion, with priority given to prospective, randomized trials. RESULTS: Studies demonstrate microneedling efficacy and safety for the treatment of scars, acne, melasma, photodamage, skin rejuvenation, hyperhidrosis and alopecia and for facilitation of transdermal drug delivery. While permanent adverse events are uncommon, transient erythema and postinflammatory hyperpigmentation are more commonly reported. CONCLUSION: Microneedling appears to be an overall effective and safe therapeutic option for numerous dermatologic conditions. Larger and more randomized controlled trials are needed to provide greater data on the use of microneedling for different dermatologic conditions in different skin types.
PMID: 27755171
ISSN: 1524-4725
CID: 2279912

Annular Elastolytic Giant Cell Granuloma Successfully Treated With Adalimumab Subsequently Complicated by Drug-Induced Lupus [Case Report]

Haimovic, Adele; Kamino, Hideko; Cohen, David E
We report a 51-year-old female with a 3-year history of recalcitrant annular elastolytic giant cell granuloma (AEGCG) who was effectively treated with the anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha antibody, adalimumab. Her disease was refractory to topical glucocorticoids, intralesional glucocorticoids, narrow-band ultraviolet light (UV)-B phototherapy and cyclosporine. During her treatment with adalimumab she developed a positive anti-nuclear-antibody and double-stranded-DNA antibody and her treatment was terminated. Our findings suggest that adalimumab is an efficacious therapeutic alternative for the treatment of annular elastolytic giant cell granuloma unresponsive to standard therapies, however drug-induced lupus is a potential side effect that clinicians must be cognizant of. To our knowledge, this is the first time adalimumab has successfully been used in the treatment of AEGCG. <p><em>J Drugs Dermatol. 2017;16(2):169-171.</em></p>.
PMID: 28300860
ISSN: 1545-9616
CID: 3659362

Safety of a picosecond laser with diffractive lens array (DLA) in the treatment of Fitzpatrick skin types IV to VI: A retrospective review

Haimovic, Adele; Brauer, Jeremy A; Cindy Bae, Yoon-Soo; Geronemus, Roy G
BACKGROUND: Laser therapy in patients with skin of color is associated with an increased rate of complications. The 755-nm picosecond laser with the diffractive lens array (DLA) has been used for the treatment of scars, striae, and rejuvenation. By delivering high energy to focused areas, the DLA minimizes complications. OBJECTIVE: This study explores the adverse events associated with treatment with the 755-nm picosecond laser with DLA in individuals with Fitzpatrick skin type IV to VI. METHOD: A retrospective chart review of patients treated with the 755-nm picosecond laser with DLA with a standardized spot size of 6 mm, fluence of 0.71 J/cm2, and pulse width of 750 to 850 picoseconds was performed. Standard clinical photographs were obtained before treatment and at follow-up. Treatment sites were assessed for dyspigmentation, erythema, edema, and herpetic lesions. RESULTS: A total of 56 patients with Fitzpatrick skin type IV to VI, atrophic and hypertrophic scars, and pigmented lesions or striae were included. Ten patients (17.9%) were lost to follow-up. Transient adverse events, most commonly erythema and hyperpigmentation, were reported after therapy; these resolved in all cases. LIMITATIONS: Retrospective design is a limitation. CONCLUSION: The 755-nm picosecond laser with the DLA device may be a safe therapeutic alternative for unwanted scars, pigmented lesions, and striae in patients with skin of color.
PMID: 26947448
ISSN: 1097-6787
CID: 2024112


Sanchez, Miguel; Haimovic, Adele; Prystowsky, Steve
Sarcoidosis is a disease characterized by noncaseating granulomatous infiltration of 1 or more organs. In North America, after the lungs and thoracic lymph nodes, the skin is the next most commonly involved organ. Data from multiple studies indicate a coaction between genetic and environmental factors in immunologically susceptible hosts. The disease's many clinical manifestations and course vary greatly and are influenced by race, ethnicity, and gender. In the skin, the lesions of sarcoidosis are classified as specific when noncaseating granulomas are present, and nonspecific when there is an inflammatory reaction pattern devoid of granulomas.
PMID: 26143421
ISSN: 1558-0520
CID: 1663042

Indeterminate cell histiocytosis that presented clinically as benign cephalic histiocytosis

Haimovic, Adele; Chernoff, Karen; Hale, Christopher S; Meehan, Shane A; Schaffer, Julie V
Indeterminate cell histiocytosis (ICH) is a rare, heterogeneous disorder that is characterized by immunophenotypic features of both Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and non-LCH. We describe a 12-month-old boy with a four-month history of asymptomatic, small, pink-tan papules on his face. Histopathologic evaluation showed a superficial, dermal infiltrate of histiocytes that was positive for S100, CD1a, CD68, and Factor XIIIa. To our knowledge, this represents the first report of the clinical presentation of benign cephalic histiocytosis with immunohistochemical findings of ICH. We review the classification of histiocytic disorders and the clinical and immunohistochemical features of both ICH and benign cephalic histiocytosis.
PMID: 25526330
ISSN: 1087-2108
CID: 1463082

Patient perspectives on medical photography in dermatology

Leger, Marie C; Wu, Timothy; Haimovic, Adele; Kaplan, Rachel; Sanchez, Miguel; Cohen, David; Leger, Elizabeth A; Stein, Jennifer A
BACKGROUND: Clinical photography enhances medical care, research, and teaching. Empirical data are needed to guide best practices regarding dermatologic photography. OBJECTIVE: To investigate patient opinion about clinical photography and identify demographic factors that influence these opinions. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Four hundred patients representing a broad range of ages, self-identified ethnic/racial groups, and socioeconomic levels were recruited from 4 dermatology settings in New York City. Patients were administered a survey about perceptions of photography, willingness to allow photographs to be used in a variety of settings, preferences for photographer and photographic equipment, and methods of consent. RESULTS: Eighty-eight percent of patients agreed that photography enhanced their quality of care. Most patients would allow their photographs to be used for medical, teaching, and research purposes with significantly more acceptance when patients were not identifiable. Patients preferred photographs taken by a physician rather than a nurse or student, photographers of the same gender, clinic-owned cameras to personal cameras or cell phones, and written consent to verbal consent. There were significant racial/ethnicity and age-related variations in responses, with white and older patients being more permissive than other groups. CONCLUSION: We use the results of this study to recommend best practices for photography in dermatology.
PMID: 25099296
ISSN: 1076-0512
CID: 1161472

Reply to: Monogenic early-onset sarcoidosis is no longer a variant of "idiopathic" sarcoidosis [Letter]

Haimovic, Adele; Sanchez, Miguel; Judson, Marc A; Prystowsky, Stephen
PMID: 23768293
ISSN: 0190-9622
CID: 394122