World Journal of Medical and Surgical Case Reports Volume No 6

Case Report Open Access

Hair Dye Imitating Multiple Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scalp

Eldad Silberstein, Vasileios A Pagkalos, Arsinoi A Xanthinaki and Ofer Arnon
World Journal of Medical and Surgical Case Reports 2013, 2:10

Abstract

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common malignant skin tumor. Multiple basal cell carcinomas are frequently developed in patients receiving ionizing radiation at a younger age. We present a case of multiple pigmented lesions on the scalp of a 65-years-old female with a history of radiotherapy for the treatment of tinea capitis at her childhood and a histologically confirmed basal cell carcinoma 2 years ago. The use of dermatoscopy prevented us from a misdiagnosis. This case of hair dye imitating pigmented BCC in a patient specifically prone to this type of tumor should be in mind of any plastic surgeon or dermatologist before scheduling a patient for surgery so one can avoid the stress and unpleasantness of unnecessary surgery.

Key words

Basal cell carcinoma, Skin Cancer, Tinea capitis, Radiation therapy, Dermoscopy.




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