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To the Editor:—The interesting article by Eller and Anderson, entitled "Basal Cell Epitheliomas with Excessive Pigment Formation," in the February issue of the Archives (27:277, 1933) contains points worthy of emphasis.
While basal cell carcinomas are not infrequent, they either are not recognized or are not deemed worthy of publication. One of the most interesting cases was published by Pautrier and Diss (Bull. Soc. franç. de dermat. et syph.36:498 [June] 1929). It was a sessile tumor of the scalp, showing the pseudocystic type of basal cell carcinoma, with large numbers of pigmented dendritic cells along the borders of some of the tumor masses.
Eller and Anderson quote H. Montgomery as stating that basal cell carcinomas with pigment are not rare, and Way is quoted as stating that he has rarely found pigment in the dermis in true basal cell carcinoma.
Failure to find pigment in carcinomas