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April 1972

Dermatome Shaving in the Treatment of Xeroderma Pigmentosum

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

From the Dermatology Branch (Drs. Epstein and Burk) and Surgery Branch (Drs. Cohen and Deckers), National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md. Dr. Epstein is a Carl Herzog Fellow of the American Dermatological Association.

Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(4):589-590. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620070061023

In one patient with xeroderma pigmentosum, the epidermis and superficial dermis were removed from the lower legs with an electric dermatome. This retarded the development of malignant tumors, and the regenerated epidermis appeared much more normal than surrounding untreated areas.