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Pulmonary metastasis of Basal cell carcinoma.

Authors
  • Seo, Sang-Hee1
  • Shim, Woo-Haing
  • Shin, Dong-Hoon
  • Kim, Yun-Seong
  • Sung, Hyun-Woo
  • 1 Department of Dermatology and Medical Research Institute, Yangsan Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea. , (North Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of dermatology
Publication Date
May 01, 2011
Volume
23
Issue
2
Pages
213–216
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5021/ad.2011.23.2.213
PMID: 21747623
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Although basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer, it rarely metastasizes. Metastatic basal cell carcinoma may, therefore, initially elude diagnosis and management. We describe the case of a patient with a metastatic basal cell carcinoma present in the lungs. The differential diagnosis of suspected metastatic lesions should include metastases from a cutaneous basal cell carcinoma, in addition to those from more commonly metastasizing carcinomas, especially in patients with a history of a large basal cell carcinoma that has involved the head and neck regions, and was refractory to treatment.

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