World Journal of Medical and Surgical Case Reports Volume No 7

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Giant Cutaneous Horn Arising From a Burn Scar: A Case Report and Literature Review

Richard Zinn
World Journal of Medical and Surgical Case Reports 2014, 3:9


Cutaneous horn (cornu cutaneum) is a descriptive term for a conical, dense surface projection of adherent keratin that resembles an animal’s horn. The underlying process may be benign, premalignant or malignant.

Historically, cutaneous horns have evoked interest and superstition, at times, resulting in the bearer being socially isolated or outcast. Classically, cutaneous horns occur in sun-damaged skin of elderly (greater than 5th decade), fair-skinned patients, often on the face, ears, penis, extremities and occasionally the trunk.

We present an unusual case of a relatively young (44 year old) black male, who developed an impressive cutaneous horn from a burn scar – a site, rarely described to yield such a lesion.

Key words

Giant cutaneous horn; burn scar carcinoma; cutaneous horn; marjolin’s ulcer

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