Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Positive Band Aid Sign

Most dermatologists know about the "positive band aid sign." To me, it means a skin cancer has been lurking there for a while.

This 82 yo man came in with a one year history of a "sore" on his back. The drainage stained his shirt. When the band aid was removed, there was a one cm in diameter clean friable tumor, most likely a basal cell.

The lesion was shave biopsied and desicated and curetted. I'll affix a copy of the biopsy report when I get it.

How many of you use the term "Positive band Aid Sign?"


  1. I too use the term "band-aid" sign and typically, there is a malignancy a way, the patient is telling their physician without realizing it the diagnostic family of the lesion - a tumor!

  2. Me, too. Always a sign of a tumor underneath.


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