Giant basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) are rare tumours representing less than 0.1% of skin tumours. This report describes the MRI findings of a giant BCC on the lower leg. MRI revealed a huge cutaneous tumour hypointense on T1-weighted images and heterogeneous with intermediate to high signal intensity in T2-weighted images. This tumour showed marked enhancement after contrast administration. MRI accurately demonstrated deep local invasion with muscle and bone involvement. The type of surgical technique, a below-knee amputation, was based on MR findings. To our knowledge, this is the first MRI description of a giant BCC.
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Published online: July 09, 2007
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