Skin - Melanocytic tumor
Follicular melanoma

Author: Christopher Hale, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 21 February 2017, last major update May 2013

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Follicular melanoma

Cite this page: Follicular melanoma. website. Accessed June 21st, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Deep seated follicular structure with malignant melanocytes extending downward along follicular epithelium and permeating parts of follicle, as well as adjacent dermis
  • Rare; only two published reports
  • Often age 60+ years on head (nose, check neck), develops within 1 - 2 years
Clinical features
  • Less than 0.5 cm; resembles comedo or pigmented cyst
Case reports
Differential diagnosis