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Squamous cell carcinoma with rhabdoid phenotype and osteoclast-like giant cells in a renal–pancreas transplant recipient
  1. K Aljerian,
  2. K O Alsaad,
  3. R Chetty,
  4. D Ghazarian
  1. Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 D Ghazarian
 University Health Network, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9, Canada; danny.ghazarian{at}


Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the commonest non-melanotic malignant skin tumour encountered after solid-organ transplantation. In this setting it is associated with a worse prognosis than sun-damage-induced SCC. Rhabdoid cells and osteoclastic giant cells are infrequently seen in SCC. This case highlights the unusual occurrence of rhabdoid cells and osteoclastic giant cells in a post-transplant SCC.

  • OGC, osteoclast-like giant cell
  • SCC, squamous cell carcinoma

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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