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Contact allergy is unlikely to mimic basal cell carcinoma

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:538
  1. Fiona M Chapman, Visiting oculoplastic fellow (,
  2. Brian Leatherbarrow, Consultant ophthalmologist, oculoplastic and orbital surgeon,
  3. Michael H Beck, Consultant dermatologist,
  4. Nicholas R Telfer, Consultant dermatologist
  1. Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester M13 9WH
  2. Contact Dermatitis Investigation Unit, Dermatology Centre, Hope Hospital, Manchester M6 8HD
  3. Mohs Micrographic Surgery Unit, Dermatology Centre, Hope Hospital

    EDITOR—Hogg reported a textbook example of a basal cell carcinoma in which biopsy was non-diagnostic.1 The lesion apparently resolved after potent topical steroids were given based on a diagnosis of “sensitivity to PPD, a component of hair dye.”

    We regularly deal with both periorbital tumours and allergic …

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