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How would you manage this lesion on the temple?

88-year-old man with longstanding lesion on temple, getting darker. In this area, what anatomical structures are at risk of injury if excision is required?

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This week's case discussion, submitted by Dr David Stewart, we look at an 88-year-old man with a longstanding lesion on his left temple. He thinks the lesion is getting a bit darker.

Please review the clinical and dermoscopic images below. In this area, what anatomical structures are at risk of injury if an excision is required?

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