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Florid cutaneous papillomatosis
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Florid cutaneous papillomatosis (also known as Schwartz-Burgess syndrome[1] and FCP[2]) is the sudden onset of numerous cutaneous papillomas that are indistinguishable from viral warts, and associated with underlying malignancy.[1][3]:63



It was discovered by Robert A. Schwartz MD and Gordon H. Burgess MD. The original description was published in the Archives of Dermatology,[4] which is published by American Medical Association.


Florid cutaneous papillomatosis presents with verrucous papulonodules resembling viral warts.[1] These skin lesions develop on the trunk, extremities, and face[3]:63, and are almost twice as common in men than in women, especially individuals aged 53-72 years.[3]:66 This papillomatosis may also present with other cutaneous signs of internal malignancy, such as acanthosis nigricans type I and Leser-Trélat.[3]:66


Florid cutaneous papillomatosis is associated with underlying malignancy, most often gastric adenocarcinoma[5][3]:63 but also with breast cancer, bladder cancer, hepatobiliary cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer,[6] prostate cancer, and lung cancer[7]; however, the cause of FCP is currently not known.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d eMedicine
  2. ^ Stedman, in Stedman's Dermatology & Immunology Words: Includes Rheumatology, Allergy, and Transplantation. 2001, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  3. ^ a b c d e Mansouri, P., et al. "Florid cutaneous papillomatosis, malignant acanthosis nigrica, palmoplantar keratoderma, and gastric adenocarcinoma." Acta Medical Iranica. 37(1). 1999. [1]
  4. ^ Schwartz, R.A. and G.H. Burgess, Florid cutaneous papillomatosis. Arch Dermatol, 1978. 114(12): p. 1803-6. [2]
  5. ^ Singhi, M.K., et al., Florid cutaneous papillomatosis with adenocarcinoma of stomach in a 35 year old male. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 2005. 71(3): p. 195-6. [3]
  6. ^ Yoon Oo Noh, G.C.L., Mi Kyeong Kim, Youn Soo Kim, Tae Young Yoon, A Case of Florid Cutaneous Papillomatosis and Tripe Palm. Korean J Dermatol, 2002. 7(40). [4]
  7. ^ Bottoni, U., et al., Florid cutaneous and mucosal papillomatosis with acanthosis nigricans revealing a primary lung cancer. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol, 2000. 14(3): p. 205-8. [5]


  • Schwartz RA, Burgess GH: Florid cutaneous papillomatosis. Arch Dermatol 1978; 114: 1803-1806, 1978.
  • Schwartz RA. Florid cutaneous papillomatosis. Clin Dermatol. Jan-Mar 1993;11(1):89-91.
  • De Backer J, Kint A. Malignant acanthosis nigricans with multiple verrucous formations. Arch Belg Dermatol Syphiligr. Jul-Sep 1971;27(3):317-22.
  • Schwartz RA. Clinical Dermatology. 18th ed. New York, NY: Harper & Row; 1991:1-3.
  • Dennis Albert Casciato, Barry Bennett Lowitz., Manual of Clinical Oncology. 1995, Little, Brown, 1995: Published by Little, Brown, Original from the University of Michigan, ISBN 0316132799, ISBN 9780316132794 698 pages. p. 477.

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