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June 1971

The Recurrent Basal Cell Epithelioma: A Study of 100 Cases of Recurrent, Re-treated Basal Cell Epitheliomas

Author Affiliations

New York

From the chemosurgery (Drs. Menn and Robins) and oncology (Drs. Kopf and Bart) sections of the Skin and Cancer Unit, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine.

Arch Dermatol. 1971;103(6):628-631. doi:10.1001/archderm.1971.04000180054007

One hundred recurrent, re-treated basal cell epitheliomas were studied. The original lesions had been treated with curettage and electrodesiccation, excision, or x-radiation. The 100 recurrences were treated by these same modalities, except that five were treated with Mohs' chemosurgery. Following re-treatment, almost half (47) recurred a second time. This inordinately high failure rate after treatment of recurrent basal cell epitheliomas would indicate that such lesions are more difficult to eradicate than primary basal cell epitheliomas, and that their treatment should be aggressive.

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