By Gary M. White, MD

Bowenoid Actinic Keratosis

A Bowenoid actinic keratosis is analogous to a severe actinic keratosis. It is histologically similar to Bowen's disease but occurs in a sun-exposed area and has histologic features of sun damage, e.g., solar elastosis.


A well-defined red, scaly plaque is typical.


Freezing, fluorouracil, or imiquimod are common treatments. See Bowen's disease for more treatment suggestions.


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