Korean J Dermatol.  2020 Jul;58(6):419-422.

A Case of Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma Not Correctly Diagnosed with Punch Biopsy but Diagnosed with Dermoscopy

  • 1Department of Dermatology, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Ansan, Korea


Basal cell carcinoma is a common cancer and has been reported to account for approximately 80% of non-melanoma skin cancers. Superficial basal cell carcinoma occurs mainly in the trunk or limbs and is characterized by clinical features of scaly erythema with or without epidermal atrophy. These clinical features require differentiation from those of other benign and malignant skin diseases. Recently, specific dermoscopic findings of basal cell carcinoma have been helpful for diagnosis. Common dermoscopic findings of superficial basal cell carcinoma include superficial telangiectasia and maple leaf-like areas. Herein, we report a case of superficial basal cell carcinoma that was not diagnosed by punch biopsy but by dermoscopy.


Basal cell carcinoma; Dermoscopy; Punch biopsy; Superficial basal cell carcinoma
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