1.5 Nodule




Nodule: a firm, elevated, circumscribed, easily palpable and indurate lesion, usually with sharp borders, that is thicker or deeper than the average papule and > 1 cm or plaque; it can involve all skin layers.
More extensive increase in substance of skin.
Colors: skin-colored, brown, red, yellow.


May appear anywhere on body; can be solitary, localized or disseminated.


May progress to necrosis, ulcer or scar.

Comment / Explanation

Distinction between papule and nodule is by size
Larger nodule = tumor (benign or malignant cell proliferation)

Typical Dermatoses

Tumor: nodular basal cell carcinoma, nodular melanoma
Infection: furuncle, abscess
Inflammatory disease: prurigo, erythema nodosum, sarcoidosis


Benign and malignant cell proliferations (granuloma, tumor)
Inflammation (furuncle, abscess)

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