Angiosarcoma of the of scalp with calvarium involvement in a 50-year-old African-American man

Michael K. Obeng, Ambrosio Hernandez, Amer Dastgir, Patrick A. Adegboyega, Paul Salinas, Dennis C. Gore

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Background: Angiosarcoma of the scalp is a rare, aggressive, and deadly cancer that affects mainly elderly Caucasian men. Objectives: The insidious and masquerading presentation of angiosarcoma poses enormous diagnostic challenges for primary care providers. Patients/Mefhods: We present a case of a 50-year-old black man referred for evaluation of a 3.7-cm-x-5.4-cm ulcerated, fluctuant scalp lesion that had failed to respond to different antibiotics and proper wound care. Results: Surgical excision and subsequent histopathology revealed angiosarcoma. Conclusions: This case report highlights the importance of high index of suspicion for early diagnosis of cancerous lesions in wounds and stresses the need to include angiosarcoma in the differential diagnosis for all face and scalp lesions, as early detection may save lives. A comprehensive literature review is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1507-1512
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2004


  • Angiosarcoma
  • Black
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Scalp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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