Eur J Plast Surg (2013) 36:115–117 DOI 10.1007/s00238-011-0643-5 CASE REPORT Skin SCC following mustard gas testing in a British Army recruit Ayab Harb & Adam R. Sawyer & Ankur Pandya Received: 26 May 2011 /Accepted: 18 August 2011 /Published online: 27 September 2011 Springer-Verlag 2011 Introduction persistently recurred. Serial biopsies had shown chronic, severely inflamed skin with evidence of Bowen’s disease. Mustard gas is a vesicant agent used in chemical warfare. The patient was referred to our plastic surgery oncology The short- and long-term effects on health are numerous clinic (Fig. 1). A detailed history was taken, which revealed and are generally related to chronic exposure. We report an the mustard gas tests. He had no past history or family interesting case of skin squamous cell carcinoma in a history of skin malignancies. Examination showed an British army veteran following routine mustard gas testing irregularly shaped pigmented lesion measuring 15 mm in in 1944. diameter × 3 mm in height. Systemic examination demon- strated no palpable peripheral lymphadenopathy and no other skin malignancies. He underwent excision of the Case report lesion under local anaesthesia with a 10-mm clearance margin. The defect required a full-thickness skin graft. An 84-year-old army
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