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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2016, Article ID 9170424, 3 pages
Case Report

Squamous Cell Cancer Arising in an African American Male Cheek from Discoid Lupus: A Rare Case and Review of the Literature

1Department of General Surgery, University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine, MSC 10 5610, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
2Department of Head & Neck Surgery, Kaiser Fontana/Ontario, 9961 Sierra Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335, USA

Received 27 February 2016; Accepted 17 July 2016

Academic Editor: Tahsin Colak

Copyright © 2016 Emanuel A. Shapera and Paul D. Kim. 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.


A 50-year-old African American male with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) presented to the dermatology clinic for a rapidly enlarging left cheek mass. The mass failed to resolve with conservative measures. A biopsy revealed poorly differentiated Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). He was referred to Head and Neck Surgery and successfully underwent a resection with free flap reconstruction. Postoperatively he did well. Squamous cell skin carcinomas arising from lesions of Discoid Lupus are rare and aggressive tumors with greater likelihood of metastases. Cases have been reported among patients with different clinical characteristics; we present a rare case arising in an African American male on the face and involving the ear.