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Actinic Keratosis in a 60-Year-Old Woman

Actinic Keratosis in a 60-Year-Old Woman

A 60-year-old woman with a past history of many non-melanoma skin cancers presented for a total body skin check. A tender nodule was discovered on the left wrist.

Key point: A solitary 4 by 4-mm, tender, freely mobile, firm-feeling nodule was present on the volar aspect of the left wrist. The differential diagnosis included hypertrophic actinic keratosis, keratoacanthoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and verruca.

Treatment: The lesion was removed by deep shave excision, with electrodesiccation to the lesional base. Histology revealed hypertrophic actinic keratosis.

Note: The potential for the lesion being a squamous cell carcinoma dictated removal with histologic examination.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis

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