Arch Craniofac Surg.  2020 Aug;21(4):257-260. 10.7181/acfs.2020.00262.

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in a single tumor in the anterior auricular area

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  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea
  • 2Department of Pathology, Eulji University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea

Abstract

The concurrence of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in a single tumor is rarely encountered. We report a case of BCC and SCC in a single tumor in the anterior auricular area. A 70-year-old woman had been diagnosed with BCC by a punch biopsy performed at a dermatology clinic. We performed wide excision of the tumor with an ulcer in the anterior auricular area. Analysis of the biopsy specimen revealed the presence of both BCC and SCC in the tumor. This case illustrates that it is necessary to establish a precise diagnosis and formulate appropriate surgical and treatment plans considering the possibility that two carcinomas may coexist, although the possibility is low in patients with skin cancer.

Keyword

Basal cell carcinoma; Co-existence; Squamous cell carcinoma
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