Complete spontaneous regression of multiple basal cell carcinomas in the basal cell nevus syndrome: The possible role of transepithelial elimination

R. S. Kelley, R. F. Wagner, R. L. Sanchez, R. R. Duff

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A 36-year-old Latin American man with the basal cell nevus syndrome had multiple, soft, hairless, depressed scars of the face, scalp, neck, and back, ranging in size from 0.3 x 0.5 cm to 3.5 x 3.9 cm. These areas has never been treated and previously were sites of basal cell carcinomas that underwent complete spontaneous regression 4-5 years from the date of onset. Pathology of these spontaneously regressed sites was consistent with the criteria established by Curson and Weedon (1979). Type III transepithelial elimination was demonstrated for a basal cell carcinoma. Type III transepithelial elimination may play a role in the spontaneous regression of basal cell carcinomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1039-1042
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Dermatology

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