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June 1956


AMA Arch Derm. 1956;73(6):616-619. doi:10.1001/archderm.1956.01550060086024

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Basal-Cell Carcinoma. Presented by Dr. Orlando Canizares.

A man aged 69 is presented from the Veterans Administration Hospital, Bronx, New York, with a lesion on the frontal area of the scalp, of a year's duration.

The patient struck his scalp against the metal catch of a closet door one year ago. There was only minimal injury with apparently rapid healing, but a week later the area became inflamed, swollen, and tender. Since then it has remained an open sore, becoming progressively larger despite treatment with penicillin injections, local antibiotics, hydrocortisone cream and other ointment.

The patient had a penile lesion in 1929, with "arm and hip shots" for eight months in 1942.

The hemogram was within normal limits. The fasting blood sugar was normal. The Wassermann reaction of the blood was positive, 16 Kolmer units. A roentgenogram of the skull showed no change below the ulcer. X-ray examination of

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