Colonisation of basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis by malignant melanoma in situ in a patient with xeroderma pigmentosum variant

  • Louise J. Smith Department of Pathology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.
  • Ehab A. Husain | e.husain@nhs.net Department of Pathology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Although malignant melanoma (MM) and both basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and actinic keratosis (AK) are sun-induced lesions, the coexistence of these entities at the same anatomical site (collision tumour) is exceedingly rare. We report the case of a 54-year-old woman with a known history of xeroderma pigmentosum variant (XPV) who presented with 2 separate skin lesions over the middle and upper right forearm, respectively. The clinical impression was that of BCCs or squamous cell lesions. On histological examination, both specimens showed features of melanoma in situ (MIS). In the first lesion, MIS merged with and colonised a superficial and focally invasive BCC. In the second lesion, MIS merged with an AK. No separate invasive nests of malignant melanoma were seen in either specimen. The atypical melanocytes were highlighted by Melan-A and HMB-45 immunostaining, whereas the epithelial cells in both the BCC and AK stained with the pancytokeratin MNF-116. The patient had a previous history of multiple MMs and non-melanomatous skin cancers and finally developed widespread metastatic malignant melanoma, which proved fatal. The rare and interesting phenomenon of collision tumours may pose diagnostic difficulties. To our knowledge, this is the first reported simultaneous presentation of cytologically malignant collision tumours in a patient with XPV.

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Author Biographies

Louise J. Smith, Department of Pathology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
Consultant Pathologist
Ehab A. Husain, Department of Pathology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
Consultant Pathologist
Published
2012-04-16
Section
Case Reports
Keywords:
BCC, actinic keratosis, melanoma, xeroderma pigmentosum variant.
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How to Cite
Smith, L., & Husain, E. (2012). Colonisation of basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis by malignant melanoma in situ in a patient with xeroderma pigmentosum variant. Clinics and Practice, 2(2), e47. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2012.e47