Malignant skin neoplasms

Y. Stern*, T. Shpitzer, K. Segal, R. Levi

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Malignant skin neoplasms of the auricle and peri-auricular region constitute only 6% of all skin cancers. However, rates of recurrence and metastasis are higher than for other cutaneous malignancies. Of 81 patients with malignant skin neoplasms of the auricle, 53.1% had basal cell carcinoma, 39.5% squamous cell carcinoma and 7.4% malignant melanoma. The neoplasms were 4 times more common in men (more than in other series), and more common in those of Ashkenazi origin (75% of the patients) and in the elderly (peak incidence in the 7th decade). All patients were treated surgically, and 21 were also irradiated. In 4 with cervical metastases neck dissection was performed. The recurrence rate for all neoplasms was 12.4% and the rate of metastases to regional lymph nodes from squamous cell carcinoma, 12.5%. There was a marked correlation between positive margins after surgical excision and rates of recurrence and regional metastases. Malignant skin neoplasms of the auricle should be regarded as high risk lesions which often recur and/or metastasize. Therefore, it is recommended to excise the tumors adequately so as to get negative margins, and to follow-up with careful, frequent evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-370
Number of pages5
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2 Dec 1990
Externally publishedYes


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