oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Malignancy in a Smallpox Vaccination scar

Volume 18, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Amongst the complications of vaccination we appreciate that infections can occur at the vaccination site, non-specific eruptions can appear, and generalised vaccinia and progressive vaccinia can develop, and that as �a long term complication non-:infective local necrosis can occur followed by oheloid scarring. Encephalitis is not infrequent. The development of malignancy in a vaccination scar is a rarity, and in this case it was probably encouraged in its development by chronic exposure to the African sun.

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