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Case Reports
September 1933


Author Affiliations

From the Pathologic Laboratory, City Hospital, Welfare Island, Department of Hospitals.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(3):561-564. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960030090008

Neoplasia occurring in infancy and in childhood is comparatively rare. Of the systems involved the skin is a common site. Philipp,1 in a review of the literature, collected sixteen cases, comprising 17 per cent of all types of malignancy. In eleven of these cases, the growths developed on the basis of xeroderma pigmentosum, one subsequent to trauma of an old scar resulting from a burn, and the remainder, spontaneously. The majority of the growths were squamous cell carcinomas; in Williams' case, the growth was a basal cell type. Kondo2 reported a case of squamous cell carcinoma in a 12 year old boy, originating in the skin of the hand and causing death by generalized metastases to the bones. In his review, Merkel3 added the reports of six more cases, five of Rieder's and one of Vidal's; all the patients were boys less than 15 years of age,

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