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Invasive giant basal cell carcinoma of the head: case report, reconstruction choice and literature review


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It is unusual to find a giant invasive basal cell carcinoma in the occipital region of the head. We are presenting a case of basal cell carcinoma invading and eroding occipital bone, managed with an unusual scalp reconstruction method. A 69-year-old female presented with a 16x19 cm diameter tumour in the occipital region. Preoperative biopsy revealed a basal cell carcinoma. A complete surgical excision of the tumour was performed in one-step surgery and tissue defect was reconstructed by a pedicle latissimus dorsi musculocutaneous flap. Our case shows that this distant pedicle flap is safe and reliable, and should be revised as the option for the occipital region reconstruction.










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1 - 12 - 2009
3 - 10 - 2009


  • Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinic of Rheumatology, Traumatology-Orthopaedics, Reconstructive surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Vilnius University Santariskiu Clinics Central Hospital, LT-01102, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinic of Rheumatology, Traumatology-Orthopaedics, Reconstructive surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Vilnius University Santariskiu Clinics Central Hospital, LT-01102, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinic of Rheumatology, Traumatology-Orthopaedics, Reconstructive surgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Vilnius University Santariskiu Clinics Central Hospital, LT-01102, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Faculty of Medicine, Clinic of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Vilnius University, LT-04130, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Faculty of Medicine, Clinic of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Vilnius University, LT-04130, Vilnius, Lithuania


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