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July 11, 2001

Depth of Excision of Melanomas

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(2):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.286.2.167

To the Editor: In their Contempo Updates article on treatment of primary cutaneous melanoma, Drs Kanzler and Mraz-Gernhard1 did not mention depth of excision. How deeply to excise has been controversial. The principle of excision to fascia was recommended by the 1992 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference.2