Superficial basal cell carcinoma of the scalp mimicking seborrhoeic dermatitis

Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surg. 2006;40(1):54-6. doi: 10.1080/02844310410004946.


Superficial basal cell carcinomas (BCC) comprise 9% to 11% of BCC, and are commonly found on the trunk or limbs. We report a case of a superficial BCC on the scalp that was misdiagnosed and treated as seborrhoeic dermatitis. Any erythematous plaque-type lesion of long duration must have superficial BCC considered in the differential diagnosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / surgery
  • Dermatitis, Seborrheic / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Errors*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery
  • Skin Transplantation