IJCM  Vol.3 No.2 , March 2012
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Clinically Mimicking a Rhinophyma in a Black Male
The clinical features of rhinophyma can mask the existence or coexistence of a skin cancer. Many tumours can mimic rhinophyma. Many authors report cases of cancerisation of rhinophyma or the coexistence of rhinophyma and a cancer. Few authors have however reported cases of squamous cell carcinoma mimicking rhinophyma. We present the clinical case of a 48 year-old male with squamous cell carcinoma of the nose (tip of the nasal pyramid and vestibule), a histologic diagnosis after being confronted by an atypical clinical presentation of rhinophyma. Treatment consisted of radiation therapy and evolution was characterised by tumoral regression.

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L. Richard Njock, E. G. S. Minka Ngom, G. Alenda, J. V. Fokouo Fogha and V. Fonyam, "Squamous Cell Carcinoma Clinically Mimicking a Rhinophyma in a Black Male," International Journal of Clinical Medicine, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2012, pp. 154-155. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2012.32031.
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