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December 1970


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USAF Dermatology Service, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Lackland AFB, Tex 78236

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(6):693. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000120111021

To the Editor.—  It is difficult to excise lesions from the lip, buccal mucosa, and tongue because these tissues are moist, vascular, and pliant. To improve handling and hemostasis, the surgeon can use one of several specially designed clamps. One of these has a solid, serrated base plate with an oval ring connected by an adjustable handle.1 Another similar device substitutes dental cotton pliers for the handle.2 These are satisfactory instruments, but they are expensive as they must be designed and hand-forged by a skilled toolmaker.We have found that the standard chalazion clamp is adequate for most mucous membrane and small scrotal lesions encountered in our outpatient dermatology service (Fig 1 and 2). It makes the procedure easier; and, because of the variable pressure that can be exerted by the screw clamp, it provides excellent hemostasis without tissue damage. Even though the standard clamp has a smooth

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