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July 1988

Basal Cell Carcinoma Mimicking Rhinophyma: Case Report and Literature Review

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Keefe and Wakeel) and Otorhinolaryngology (Dr McBride), Stobhill General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland.

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(7):1077-1079. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670070065021

† An 82-year-old man presented with rapid enlargement of a long-standing rhinophyma. Following an uncomplicated excision of rhinophyma, histologic examination showed that the enlargement was entirely due to basal cell carcinoma. Radiotherapy was administered, and the nose has now healed satisfactorily. There are few reports of an association between rhinophyma and basal cell carcinoma; but it is claimed that it occurs more frequently than is expected by chance. The evidence for this is reviewed. Previous reports were anecdotal or contained biases that prevent generalization of the results and, in addition, a statistical analysis was incorrect. There is insufficient evidence to claim an association between basal cell carcinoma and rhinophyma.

(Arch Dermatol 1988;124:1077-1079)

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