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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 6092169, 7 pages
Case Report

An Unusual Case of Pinna Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising Shortly after Resection of Atypical Fibroxanthoma

1Department of ENT, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, UK
2Department of Histopathology, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to Eugene Omakobia

Received 24 September 2017; Revised 17 December 2017; Accepted 4 January 2018; Published 23 January 2018

Academic Editor: Abrão Rapoport

Copyright © 2018 Eugene Omakobia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To report a unique case of pinna squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) arising shortly after resection of atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX) at the same site. Case report. An 81-year-old gentleman presented with a nodular right pinna lesion. This was excised, and histology confirmed AFX. Ten weeks later, an ulcerative lesion appeared at the resection site. This was confirmed to be SCC. Comparative analysis revealed no morphological resemblance between the initial AFX and new SCC lesion, and there was no evidence of initial misdiagnosis. Conclusion. SCC is the most common cancer involving the pinna. Whilst prolonged sun exposure is an important risk factor for SCC, chronic inflammation and wounds are other potential sources. We postulate whether SCC could have arisen from the previous scar tissue in a manner similar to Marjolin’s ulcer. This would be a highly unusual finding in the pinna and to our knowledge unprecedented in the English literature.