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Advanced squamous cell carcinoma with massive cranial invasion: walking around without a forehead


Squamous cell carcinomas with widespread invasion of the skull, meninges and brain parenchyma are extremely rare. Herein, we present an 86-year-old man with an 18-year history of sunburn who developed a large osteodestructive SCC that invaded through the frontal bone, frontal sinuses, and the dura mater. No neurological signs or symptoms or distant metastasis were noted. Such cases arise through patient neglect or lack of access to care and pose many challenges as lack of symptoms tend to deceive patients from seeking medical advice. Urgent aggressive treatment by a multidisciplinary team is paramount to achieving a successful outcome.

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