LINEAR BASAL CELL CARCINOMA
By Gary M. White, MD
The linear basal cell carcinoma is most common on the lower eyelid as shown here.
A linear basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a BCC that presents as a linear lesion. It seems the BCC is tracking along a tissue plane.
- In one study, 92% were over 60 years of age [Dermatol Surg 1999;25;63].
- Most common on the lower eyelid [Clin Exp Dermatol. 2011 Apr;36(3):311-2].
A linear pearly line, most common on the lower eyelid and cheek is typical. It has also been reported long the lower face and inguinal fold.
Because of the presence of the tumor along relaxed skin tension lines with the increased incidence of subclinical extension and the need for tissue-sparing, Mohs surgery is usually indicated [Ophthalmology. 2006 Feb;113(2):338-42].
Ink marks the spot of a linear BCC.
A linear BCC on the neck.
For a picture of a linear BCC of the axilla, see Dermatology Online Journal 21(5)
Homepage | FAQs | Use of Images | Contact Dr. White
It is not the intention of RegionalDerm.com to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. RegionalDerm.com only intends to provide users with information regarding various medical conditions for educational purposes and will not provide specific medical advice. Information on RegionalDerm.com is not intended as a substitute for seeking medical treatment and you should always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider for diagnosis and for answers to your individual questions. Information contained on RegionalDerm.com should never cause you to disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking treatment. If you live in the United States and believe you are having a medical emergency call 911 immediately.