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Patient Case Studies

Recurrent SCC of Nasal Tip

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HISTORY 71-year-old man presents with recurrence of SCC of nose following Mohs excision on 2-9-17. Partial rhinectomy was performed with incomplete Mohs excision leaving residual positive margins due to patient’s comfort.  Two additional excisions of involved margins were done under anesthesia achieving clear margins. First stage reconstruction was performed on 4-11-18. DISCUSSION Management of a…

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Upper Chest BCC PNI

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HISTORY 53-year-old man presents with a 4-year-history of BCC of upper chest.  The tumor measured 12 cm x 6 cm. Wide local excision with 1 cm margins on 11/10/2017 found clear margins and perineural invasion. The nerves up to 0.23 mm were involved by tumor. The final defect was 13.5 cm x 8.3 cm.  …

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Multiple Nasal BCCs

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HISTORY 81-year-old man presents with 7-month history of two nasal tip and right nasal ala BCC’s. All three lesions were treated with 2 adjoining SRT fields. The course began 1-8-18 and completed by 1-26-18 after 15 treatments. DISCUSSION This patient represents an excellent candidate for radiation therapy. Electron beam radiation therapy can be used with…

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Large Thigh BCC Treated with Radiation

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HISTORY 92-year-old man presents with 15-year history of basal cell carcinoma on left thigh. The 9.3 cm x 8.6 cm superficial plaque was treated with electron beam radiotherapy completing 6000 cGy in 30 fractions on 3-13-2018. DISCUSSION The 6-week course of radiation was tolerated well by this patient. He had minimum oozing from previous biopsy…

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Pigmented BCC of Left Neck

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HISTORY 81-year-old man presents with pigmented lesion on left neck. The lesion was excised with 2 mm margins. BCC was found with clear margins. DISCUSSION Pigmented basal cell carcinoma is an uncommon variant of the common skin cancer. Its behavior is that of a non-pigmented basal cell carcinoma. It can be confused with melanoma and…

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Atypical Lymphoid Infiltrate

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HISTORY 49-year-old woman presents with a shiny pink papule of the left ear helix. Histology found atypical lymphoid infiltrate suspicious for a cutaneous B cell lymphoma. The area was treated with Mohs excision and closure.   DISCUSSION Primary cutaneous lymphoma is a low-grade and most-common B-cell lymphoma of the skin. These are primary tumors of…

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SCC of Scalp

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HISTORY 86-year-old man presents with 3-month history of a mass in the left occipital scalp. 1 year prior, the patient underwent Mohs excision of a large scalp SCC.  FNA biopsy on 1-22-18 found atypical squamous cells. CT PET scan showed cancer limited to the mass itself with no lymph node enhancement. Patient experienced progressively increasing…

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Shave excision of Lower Extremity Carcinomas

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HISTORY 67-year-old woman presents with 3 BCCs on right lower extremity diagnosed on shave biopsies.  Superficial shave excisions of the carcinomas left close margins within 0.1 mm. Second set of shave excisions found no residual carcinoma.     DISCUSSION Lower leg skin carcinomas are often superficial and can be treated with superficial treatments. This patient’s…

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Mitoses in a Dysplastic Nevus

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HISTORY 61-year-old man presents with 6-month history of forehead lesion. Biopsy on October 2017 showed atypical nevomelanocytic neoplasm with several mitoses (3/mm2).  An excision with 5 mm margins was performed in November 2017 with negative findings. DISCUSSION This melanocytic tumor of uncertain malignant potential can also be called a MELTUMP. These lesions present a treatment…

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Adnexal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Recurring in Parotid

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HISTORY 74-year-old woman presents with a third occurrence of poorly differentiated carcinoma of the left cheek. Her history began in March 2015 with a 1 cm left cheek dermal poorly differentiated carcinoma. Histologic differential diagnosis included metatypical basal cell carcinoma, adnexal BCC, or metastatic epidermoid origin carcinoma. CT/PET scan was negative at the time. She…

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