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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 44, n° 4
pages 681-686 (avril 2001)
Doi : 10.1067/mjd.2001.112359
Human papillomavirus in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma and cervix of a patient with psoriasis and extensive ultraviolet radiation exposure
 

Adelheid Rust, MDa, Renee M. McGovern b, Bobbie S. Gostout, MDc, David H. Persing, MD, PhDb, Mark R. Pittelkow, MDa
Rochester, Minnesota 
From the Department of Dermatology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,a the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology,b and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,c Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester 

Abstract

“High-risk” human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are associated with intraepithelial neoplasia and cancer of the uterine cervix. HPV has also been found in nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC), especially in squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) of immunosuppressed patients. Recently, lesions of psoriasis have been shown to harbor HPV, and patients with psoriasis often have a history of extensive therapy with ultraviolet radiation (UVR). UVR is the major known risk factor in the occurrence of NMSC, in which HPV may be a cofactor for SCC. We report an otherwise healthy, nonimmunosuppressed patient with psoriasis who had a history of extensive exposure to UVR and experienced multiple SCCs on UV-exposed body sites. By the polymerase chain reaction method, we detected HPV in 5 of 9 SCCs. Automated sequencing showed HPV types 12 and 17. Only 1 of 3 normal skin specimens was HPV positive (HPV type 17). This positive specimen was from UV-exposed skin; one of the two HPV-negative, normal skin specimens was located on a body site not exposed to sun. In addition, HPV type 62 was found in a brush specimen of the uterine cervix. This case report suggests an association between psoriasis, HPV infection, and UVR exposure, in onset of SCC. (J Am Acad Dermatol 2001;44:681-6.)

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 Reprint requests: Mark R. Pittelkow, MD, Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Guggenheim 438, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
 J Am Acad Dermatol 2001;44:681-6



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