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Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

Description : Squamous cell carcinoma of the auricle is a relatively uncommon malignant tumour which usually arises from keratinocytes which have been damaged by an exogenous agent such as sunlight, X-rays or radium burns.

The malignancy occurs frequently in persons of fair complexion who have experienced long exposure to sunlight.

Clinically, a squamous cell carcinoma may appear as an indurated papule, plaque or nodule which is frequently eroded, crusted and ulcerated.

Rapid growth in the size of the lesion, tenderness to palpation, crusting and ulceration are all signs that should alert the physician to presence of squamous cell

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