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Autumn 2013, Vol. 21 No. 3

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2013) 21, 134-138

Case Report

Fatal volcanic squamous cell carcinoma of the scalp


A Tomizawa 殷衍伶, S Lee 李啟焱, R Cocciolone


Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is an invasive skin cancer with significant morbidity and mortality, chiefly among older and immunocompromised patients. We present a case report of a patient without obvious immune suppression developing multiple, eruptive cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas of the scalp. Despite multiple excisions, radiotherapy and adjuvant oral retinoids, the patient developed regional parotid metastasis and died of his disease within thirteen months. This case serves as a stark and tragic reminder that painful, eruptive cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck must be managed actively due to the potential for rapid progression and a fatal outcome.


Keywords: Acitretin, fatal outcome, radiotherapy, squamous cell carcinoma

關鍵詞: 依曲替酸、致命結果、放射治療、鱗狀細胞癌