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November 1980

Basal Cell Carcinoma Arising in a Chickenpox Scar

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From the Asheboro (NC) Dermatology Clinic. Reprints not available.

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(11):1304-1305. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640350094025

A basal cell carcinoma developed in a chickenpox scar on the chin of a 71-year-old man. A review of the pertinent literature is presented.

Report of a Case  A 71-year-old man was seen for a recently developed nonhealing lesion in an old scar on the right side of his chin. According to the patient the scar had developed after he had had chickenpox as a small boy. Over the past several months the area began to sting and burn and had not healed after he had nicked it with a razor.The patient had had a smallpox vaccination as a child, but had noticed no changes in the vaccination scar. He had had no exposure to radiation and no previous skin cancers despite a history of frequent sun exposure over the years. There was no family history of skin cancer.On physical examination, there was an indurated nodule measuring 8

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