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August 1960

Basal-Cell Epithelioma of the Palm: A Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology and Syphilology Section of the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wood (Milwaukee), Wisconsin (Dr. Johnson, Resident in Dermatology) and the Department of Dermatology of Marquette University School of Medicine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Dr. David W. Kersting, Chairman).

Arch Dermatol. 1960;82(2):253-256. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.01580020095017

In 1958, a tumor of the palm was observed that had the histologic characteristics of basal-cell epithelioma. A survey of the literature failed to reveal other references to basal-cell epithelioma in this location, and, therefore, it was felt that this case should be reported.

Since Jacob, in 1827, first described basal-cell carcinoma, or rodent ulcer, reports and studies of these tumors have appeared frequently; however, fewer studies are noted in the recent literature.

It is generally agreed that epithelioma, especially basal-cell epithelioma, is more frequently found about the head than elsewhere on the body. Statistics corroborate that the face is the area of predilection for these tumors. Torrey and Levin1 found, in 2,806 histologically proven basal- and squamous-cell epitheliomas, only 27 epitheliomas, or 1.4%, occurred on the skin of covered portions of the body. Four were squamous-cell and twenty-three were basal-cell epitheliomas. In 1919, Broders2 reported that 90.7%

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