Florid cutaneous papillomatosis
(also known as Schwartz-Burgess Syndrome
) is the abrupt onset verrucous papulonodules resembling viral warts, as a cutaneous sign of internal cancer, often seen with acanthosis nigricans and/or of multiple seborrheic keratoses in middle-aged or older people. FCP is almost twice as common in men than in women, especially individuals aged 53-72 years. It was discovered by Robert A. Schwartz MD
and Dr. Burgess
. It is emphasized that patients with suddenly appearing verrucous papillomas
should be examined carefully for an underlying cancer
. To call attention to this eruption, which may be mistaken for generalized warts
. FCP is a rare disease. So far, very few patients have been reported with Florid cutaneous papillomatosis. The cause of FCP is currently not known, although there are many speculations.
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