Cutaneous Head and Neck Cancers in the High-Risk Immunosuppressed Population

Karen Y. Choi, Cecelia E. Schmalbach

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The immunosuppressed (IS) population encompasses a diverse cohort of patients to include iatrogenically immunocompromised organ transplant recipients as well as patients with chronic lymphoid malignancies, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and autoimmune disorders. Cutaneous cancers in this high-risk patient group are clinically distinct from the general immunocompetent population, showing aggressive behavior with associated poor outcomes. This article reviews the pathogenesis, epidemiology, incidence, prognosis, and special considerations required in managing cutaneous cancers in the IS patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-413
Number of pages17
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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