Longobardi S.J.,Wound Care Center |
Sullivan B.,Wound Care Center |
Hani Mansour E.,Burn and Wound Care Center
Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association | Year: 2011
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer and accounts for 20% of cutaneous malignancies. We report the case of a patient who presented with a complaint of nonhealing wounds following radiation therapy for the treatment of noninvasive squamous cell carcinoma of both lower extremities. Initial biopsies of the wounds were benign. However, a second biopsy performed approximately 2 months later was found to be positive for invasive squamous cell carcinoma. This case uniquely exemplifies that all nonhealing wounds should be viewed with a critical eye for possible malignancy even in the presence of previous negative biopsy. This is especially true for radiation wounds that may be prone to malignant transformation or recurrence.