problem started 9/06. Large bump and crusting of lower scalp, near neck. soon burst through scalp requiring emergency hospital admission on Christmas eve and blood transfusions. Prior to this I had gone to the emergency room twice begging for help. They never even looked at the wound. After groveling, I was sent to a general surgeon who walked in, looked at it, and said "there was nothing that could be done". ANother plastic surgeon and general surgeon were consulted - refused to come near me with a scalpel. Felt it was skin cancer. Sent to out of town plastic surgeon after 5 days in hospital with huge crater on back of head. we're talking 4 X 6 inches here. diagnosed as sebaceous cyst. underwent extensive surgical repair in 1/07 after several weeks of antibiotics. had a skin flap and walked around with head sewn to left shoulder for several weeks. Abnormal skin tissue grew again and tore apart surgical incision in a matter of less than 2 weeks. back to square one - open crater on back of head again. went home, did wound dressings as ordered, eventually readmitted for serious wound infection. another 5 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics. told I was crazy and that there was not abnormal tissue on back of my head and to go home and do some more wound dressings. sent to another plastic surgeon who stood 10 feet away from me in exam room and said "ugh". didn't go back to him. sent to another plastic surgeon who applied wound vac, debrided wound and it looked great. ready for a skin flap. underwent 2 surgeries to have skin removed from my thigh and sewn to my head. again, it looked great after surgery. but within 2 weeks, this alien tissue began to regrown and pulled the entire skin flap off of my head. open crater again. i made an appointment with a very good dermatologist. easier said than done. initial wait time for new patients was 1 year. after explaining the problem, I got in a few months earlier, had a punch biopsy, and was finally diagnosed. It is a tentative diagnosis - not completely sure what it is - just a "best guess". So I have just started therapy with twice per day Minocin and will start topical high dose steroid cream in a few weeks. it has been a long, long year.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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