Multifocal recurrent basal cell carcinoma following primary tumor treatment by electrodesiccation and curettage

Richard Wagner, W. I. Cottel

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Abstract

Eight recurrent basal cell carcinomas and their adjacent scars, which were previously treated with electrodesiccation and curettage, were completely excised by Mohs micrographic surgery and then studied by serial vertical sections. Through the study of an average of 291 serial sections of each recurrent tumor, it was found that four of eight recurrent basal cell carcinomas contained multiple foci of unconnected tumor. It is concluded that iatrogenic multifocality of recurrent basal cell carcinoma previously treated with electrodesiccation and curettage is common. Complete excision of the recurrent basal cell carcinoma and its adjacent scar is supported in view of the high risk of multiple unconnected tumor foci.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1047-1049
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume17
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

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Curettage
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Cicatrix
Mohs Surgery
Neoplasms

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