Seborrheic keratosis is a condition that causes wart-like growths on the skin. The growths are noncancerous (benign).
Benign skin tumors - keratosis; Keratosis - seborrheic; Senile keratosis; Senile verruca
A seborrheic keratosis is a benign form of skin tumor. The cause is unknown.
The condition commonly appears after age 40. It tends to run in families.
Symptoms of seborrheic keratosis are skin growths that:
You generally do not need treatment unless growths get irritated or affect your appearance.
Growths may be removed with surgery or freezing (cryotherapy).
Removing the growths is simple and generally does not cause scars. You may have patches of lighter skin where growths on the torso have been removed.
Growths usually do not return after they are removed. You may develop more growths in the future if you are prone to the condition.
These complications may occur:
Call your provider if you have symptoms of seborrheic keratosis.
Also call if you have new symptoms, such as:
Published Date: November 10, 2020
Published By: Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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