Basal cell carcinoma arising in a cleft lip repair scar

Mandy Warthan Wright, Rebecca A. McCarthy, Erica Bujol Kelly, Steven T. Wright, Richard F. Wagner

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BACKGROUND. A case of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) developing in the repair scar of a cleft lip is presented. OBJECTIVE. Primary BCCs arising in surgical scars are very rare and no known reported cases exist of a BCC developing in a surgically repaired cleft lip scar. METHODS. A 69-year-old white man presented with a 5 mm primary BCC on his upper lip at the site of his cleft lip repair scar. The diagnosis was made by a tangential biopsy that showed an ulcerated BCC. RESULTS. Review of the medical literature indicates that a scar may be an independent risk factor for developing BCC. CONCLUSION. BCC may rarely arise in a cleft lip repair scar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-197
Number of pages3
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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