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Mohs' micrographic surgery for basal cell carcinoma

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Clifford Lawrence


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Mobs' surgery for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is widely recommended by dermatologists as first line surgical therapy for recurrent or ill-defined skin tumours, The technique assumes that BCC spread by contiguous growth and that all tumour cells have to be removed, Advocates claim that Mohs' surgery provides a better chance of cure, and because less uninvolved tissue is excised the smaller defect can be readily closed resulting in a superior cosmetic result. This review examines the evidence for these claims.

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Author(s): Lawrence CM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

Year: 1999

Volume: 24

Issue: 2

Pages: 130-133

Print publication date: 01/03/1999

ISSN (print): 0307-6938

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2230


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2230.1999.00433.x