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Neglected Giant Scalp Basal Cell Carcinoma

Larsen, Anne Kristine MD; El-Charnoubi, Waseem-Asim Ghulam MD; Gehl, Julie MD, PhD; Krag, Christen MD, PhD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: March 2014 - Volume 2 - Issue 3 - p e120
doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000066
Case Reports

Summary: Rarely, basal cell carcinoma grows to a giant size, invading the underlying deep tissue and complicating the treatment and reconstruction modalities. A giant basal cell carcinoma on the scalp is in some cases treated with a combination of surgery and radiation therapy, resulting in local control, a satisfactory long-term cosmetic and functional result. We present a case with a neglected basal cell scalp carcinoma, treated with wide excision and postoperative radiotherapy, reconstructed with a free latissimus dorsi flap. The cosmetic result is acceptable and there is no sign of recurrence 1 year postoperatively.

From the Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Herlev Hospital, Herlev, Denmark.

Received for publication January 2, 2014; accepted January 18, 2014.

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Anne Kristine Larsen, MD Department of Plastic Surgery University Hospital of Copenhagen Herlev Hospital, Herlev, Denmark E-mail:

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