Basal cell carcinoma with monster cells


Dirk M. Elston, Department of Dermatology, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, USA.


A case of basal cell carcinoma with “monster cells” is reported. Clinically, the lesion presented as a red nodule on the forearm of a 58-year-old male. The histologic picture was striking, with large, “monstrous” nuclei scattered throughout a well defined nodule. Basal cell carcinoma with monster cells appears to represent a histologic variant of nodular basal cell carcinoma. The prognostic significance of the monster cells remains to be established.