By Gary M. White, MD

Linear Basal Cell Carcinoma 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.


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].

Additional Pictures

Ink marks the spot of a linear BCC.
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A linear BCC on the neck.
Linear Basal Cell Carcinoma


For a picture of a linear BCC of the axilla, see Dermatology Online Journal 21(5)


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