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  SKIN COMPLICATIONS IN SOLID ORGAN TRANSPLANT PATIENTS 

Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2014 August;149(4):383-7

Copyright © 2014 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Overview on non-melanoma skin cancers in solid organ transplant recipients

Forchetti G. 1, 2, Suppa M. 2, Del Marmol V. 2

1 Department of Dermatology, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; 2 Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Erasme, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium


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The risk of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) is significantly increased in solid organ transplant recipients (SOTRs) due to the long-term immunosuppressive treatment. NMSCs can be more aggressive in SOTRs than in the general population, resulting in significantly higher morbidity and mortality. In contrast to the immunocompetent population, skin cancers in SOTRs are dominated by squamous cell carcinoma, followed by basal cell carcinoma.
Life-long radiation exposure, male sex, fair skin, history of prior NMSC, genetic factors, age at transplant along with duration and extent of the immunosuppression therapy have been identified as risk factors for NMSC in SOTRs. Photo-protection, skin self-examination, early diagnosis and treatment of skin lesions, reduction of immunotherapy, switch to mammalian target-of-rapamycin inhibitors and chemoprevention with oral retinoids are effective measures for the reduction of the incidence of NMSC in such patients.

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