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Giant Keratoacanthoma of Pinna: A Rare Presentation

Ashok Garg, Sandhya Chauhan, Geeta R Tegta, Pooja Chauhan

Citation Information : Garg A, Chauhan S, Tegta GR, Chauhan P. Giant Keratoacanthoma of Pinna: A Rare Presentation. Int J Head Neck Surg 2017; 8 (1):31-33.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1302

Published Online: 01-12-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).



The present case describes a rare and large size of giant keratoacanthoma (KA) of pinna.


Keratoacanthoma is a fast growing benign cutaneous tumor resembling closely to well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) on clinical and histopathological examination (HPE).

Case report

A 70-year-old male presented with a rapidly growing mass on the left ear for 9 months. Tumor was excised and sent for HPE, which revealed well-differentiated SCC with focal features of a KA.

Clinical significance

Differentiation of KA from SCC has been a major challenge for dermatosurgeons, especially at setups with unavailability of molecular studies. So, if the tumor is giant, nonregressing in size especially on sun-exposed sites in an elderly patient, always think of SCC and treat it by surgical excision rather than watching for a spontaneous resolution.

How to cite this article

Chauhan S, Thakur K, Garg A, Tegta GR, Chauhan P. Giant Keratoacanthoma of Pinna: A Rare Presentation. Int J Head Neck Surg 2017;8(1):31-33.

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