By Gary M. White, MD
Marjolin's Ulcer is the development of a squamous cell carcinoma in a long-standing scar.
- Rarely, a squamous cell carcinoma may arise in a long-standing scar, traditionally a burn scar.
- It has generally been thought to occur because of chronic local irritation and/or sunlight exposure.
- HPV 5 was found associated in one case [AD 1999;135;727].
A nodular, exophitic mass or ulcer is characteristic. However, any change or growth in a long-standing scar should be biopsied.
Surgical excision with clear margins is needed.
A 58-year-old lady developed an ulcerative and exophytic mass from a 10 year old burn scar over the back. Marjolin's ulcer: A rare report. Indian Dermatol Online J 2014;5, Suppl S1:50-1
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