Recurrent Basal Cell Carcinoma Discovered Using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanning

September 2008 | Volume 7 | Issue 9 | Case Report | 879 | Copyright © 2008

Kenneth Beer MD, Jill Waibel MD


A lesion detected on a positron emission tomography/computerized tomography (PET/CT) scan localized to the skin and was deter- mined to be a large, recurrent basal cell carcinoma. This case demonstrates the ability of PET scans to detect recurrent, nonmelano- ma skin cancers. It also serves as one example to dermatologists of how to manage incidental findings localizing to the skin. Finally, a discussion of expanding the use of PET scans in dermatology is considered.

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