Fungating lesion

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A fungating lesion is a type of skin lesion that is marked by ulcerations (breaks on the skin or surface of an organ) and necrosis (death of living tissue) and that usually has a bad smell. This kind of lesion may occur in many types of cancer, including breast cancer, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and especially in advanced disease. The characteristic malodorous smell is caused by dimethyl trisulfide.[1]

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  1. ^ Shirasu, Mika; Nagai, Shunji; Hayashi, Ryuichi; Ochiai, Atsushi; Touhara, Kazushige (2009). "Dimethyl trisulfide as a characteristic odor associated with fungating cancer wounds". Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 73 (9): 2117–20. doi:10.1271/bbb.90229. PMID 19734656. 

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. National Cancer Institute document "Dictionary of Cancer Terms".