1993
DOI: 10.1080/00325481.1993.11701719
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Basal cell carcinoma

Abstract: Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of malignant tumor in the United States. The five types of basal cell carcinoma (noduloulcerative, pigmented, morpheaform, and superficial basal cell carcinoma, and premalignant fibroepithelioma) vary in clinical presentation and behavior. Diagnosis is made by skin biopsy. The size, type, and site of a lesion and the age and sex of the patient affect the choice of treatment. Electrodesiccation and curettage, cryosurgery, surgical excision, Mohs' surgery, and radiati… Show more

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“…Should curettage at any time penetrate subcutaneous fat, it should be abandoned in favour of scalpel excision, because deep tumour extension is likely and the ability to differentiate normal from diseased tissue is lost (fat is as susceptible to curettage as tumour). 6,7,21,30,35,36 Once the bulk of the lesion has been removed, the margins and base of the wound are vigorously probed and explored with progressively smaller curettes (1–2 mm) for pockets and finger‐like extensions of tumour. 6–8,15,18,20–23,26,37,38 This eliminates potential foci of recurrence 30 and contributes to a tapered surgical edge, enhancing cosmesis.…”
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“…Should curettage at any time penetrate subcutaneous fat, it should be abandoned in favour of scalpel excision, because deep tumour extension is likely and the ability to differentiate normal from diseased tissue is lost (fat is as susceptible to curettage as tumour). 6,7,21,30,35,36 Once the bulk of the lesion has been removed, the margins and base of the wound are vigorously probed and explored with progressively smaller curettes (1–2 mm) for pockets and finger‐like extensions of tumour. 6–8,15,18,20–23,26,37,38 This eliminates potential foci of recurrence 30 and contributes to a tapered surgical edge, enhancing cosmesis.…”
Section: Technique and Rationalementioning
confidence: 99%
“…52 Although unproven, these claims are echoed throughout the literature and form the basis for a widespread preference for electrodesiccation (superficially destructive) over electrocautery (deeply destructive) following curettage. 10,19,27,36,50,52 …”
Section: Technique and Rationalementioning
confidence: 99%
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