Keratoacanthoma

A rapidly growing exaggerated warty lesion suggesting squamous cell carcinoma in some patients.

A rapidly growing exaggerated warty lesion suggesting squamous cell carcinoma in some patients.

This is a skin growth which often grows quite quickly, for example over the period of 1-2 months. A typical lesion contains a central crater filled with hard packed dead skin surrounded by a more skin-coloured shoulder. The overall appearance looks rather like a volcano. These lesions are benign but do need surgical removal for testing under the microscope. Sometimes, if left alone, they fall away spontaneously to leave a scar. Due to its close association with invasive squamous cell carcinoma an urgent consultation and expert advice is essential. You can have a consultation here today.

by Dr John Ashworth

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