Superficial basal cell carcinoma

Last Updated: 2020-06-11

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Basal cell carcinoma of the trunk, basal cell carcinoma of the trunk, epithelioma of the trunk, superficial multicenter basal cell carcinoma, superficial basal cell carcinoma, pagetoid basal cell carcinoma, bowenoid basal cell carcinoma, psoriatic basal cell carcinoma, eczematic basal cell carcinoma, erythematoid basal cell carcinoma, Arning carcinoids.

Usually located on the fuselage, superficial BCC. Often the superficial BCC is not recognized or misdiagnosed.

Sharp but irregularly limited, reddish-brown, discreetly scaly or encrusted, slightly raised plaques with a shiny, pearly border. Superficial basaliomas tend not to ulcer. Pigmentation is possible. Patients often describe a localized pruritus. The superficial BCC is characterised by slow and above all horizontal growth.

  • Medical history (risk factors?)

  • Clinical features.

  • Biopsy.

Mostly trunk, otherwise also on the extremities.

Multi-centre, basaloid, epithelial tumour cells that grow from the epidermis into the papillary body. Usually palisades and fissures can be detected. 

  • S. Basal cell carcinoma 
  • Due to the horizontal growth, non-surgical therapies for this tumour are very well justifiable.

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