Delayed reaction to suture material simulating melanoma

A. Frumkin*, S. Gorbacz, B. Lifschitz-Mercer

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A twenty-one-year-old woman who had been involved in an accident sustained severe trauma to the left side of her face and scalp. Because of deterioration in her neurologic condition, a number of exploratory burr holes were drilled in her skull. Fifteen years later, a 6 mm black tender nodule was noted on the left temple, close to one of the burr holes. Nodular melanoma was suspected, but results of microscopic examination proved the lesion to be a granuloma with transepidermal elimination of exogenous filamentous material. The relationship between foreign bodies and cutaneous neoplasia, genuine or simulated, is noted briefly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-61
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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