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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2002 Jul;47(1):1-17; quiz 18-20.

Skin cancer in organ transplant recipients: Epidemiology, pathogenesis, and management.

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Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.


In the United States more than 100,000 people are living with solid organ transplants. The intense immunosuppressive regimens necessary for prolonged survival of allografts significantly increase the rates of both internal and cutaneous malignancies in recipients of solid organ transplants. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in patients after transplantation. Because of the early onset and high tumor burden in transplant recipients, dermatologists have significant challenges in managing the treatment of these patients. This article describes the epidemiology and clinical presentation of skin cancer during posttransplantation immunosuppression, discusses pathogenic cofactors, and reviews the optimal management for mild and severe skin cancer in transplant recipients.

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