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December 2002

Erythematous Nodulous Lesion on the Hard Palate

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Arch Dermatol. 2002;138(12):1607. doi:10.1001/archderm.138.12.1607

A 51-year-old white man was referred to our clinic by a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment of a slightly elevated erythematous lesion on the anterior aspect of the right side of his palate. He admitted to having noticed a "rougher" feeling in this area for 2 weeks, but he had no pain and had not sought medical advice. His medical history revealed that 43 months earlier a lump on the right side of his neck had been resected by an otolaryngologist. Histologic examination confirmed that the tumor was a metastasis of an unknown primary malignant neoplasia.