Marjolins Ulcer: Clinicopathological Profile and Treatment Patterns


  • B.R. Kiran Kumar Department of Radiation Oncology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
  • Geeta S. Narayanan Department of Radiation Oncology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
  • M.S. Ganesh Department of Surgical Oncology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India
  • Amritha Prabha Shankar Department of Surgical Oncology, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru, India



Marjolins, Squamous cell Carcinoma, Burns, Surgery, Trauma, Radiotherapy


Purpose: Marjolins ulcer is a malignant transformation arising from chronic ulcers or previously traumatized scars that occur usually after burns. This article aims to study the clinicopathological profile and treatment patterns of Marjolins ulcer.

Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of all Marjolins ulcer patients presented to Vydehi Cancer Centre from 2018 to 2021 was done. A total of 27 patients of all age groups were included in the study. All information regarding detailed history, clinical examination, treatment details were retrospectively collected and analysed.

Results: Most of the patients were in the 5th decade of life with an overall male preponderance. The most common cause for Marjolins ulcer was Burns scars followed by Trauma. Lower extremities were found to be the most predominant site. The mean latency period for the development of Marjolins ulcer was 11 years. Squamous cell carcinoma was the most common histological subtype, Adjuvant Radiotherapy was given to the patients with high-risk features.

Conclusion: Chronic non-healing ulcers that do not respond to treatment should be carefully examined for malignant transformation. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment and Adjuvant Radiotherapy should be considered in high-risk cases to reduce locoregional recurrence.


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How to Cite

Kumar, B. K., Narayanan, G. S., Ganesh, M., & Shankar, A. P. (2023). Marjolins Ulcer: Clinicopathological Profile and Treatment Patterns. Journal of Analytical Oncology, 12, 95–99.