Tripe palms: a cutaneous marker of internal malignancy

J Dermatol. 1995 Jul;22(7):492-5.


Tripe palms is a distinctive paraneoplastic cutaneous sign which is frequently associated with internal malignancy, specially carcinomas of the lung and stomach. We describe a patient with ovary carcinoma who showed a curious rugose thickening of the palms with accentuation of the normal dermatoglyphic ridges. The lesions were a specially prominent on the fingertips. The patient also showed classical acanthosis nigricans in the axillae and groin. The soles were spared. Histopathologic findings in palmar lesions consisted of an undulant epidermis, with hyperkeratosis, acanthosis, and papillomatosis. Excision of the ovary carcinoma was followed by complete regression of the cutaneous lesions. We review the literature about tripe palms and discuss the relationship between this striking cutaneous manifestation and internal malignancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acanthosis Nigricans / etiology
  • Adenocarcinoma / complications*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Keratoderma, Palmoplantar / etiology*
  • Keratoderma, Palmoplantar / pathology
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / complications*
  • Paraneoplastic Syndromes / etiology*
  • Paraneoplastic Syndromes / pathology