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September 1983

Mohs Surgery: Technique, Indications, Applications, and the Future

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology and Otolaryngology— Head and Neck Surgery, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(9):761-773. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650330053014

• Each year, it is estimated, more than 500,000 new cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer develop.1-3 The majority of these cutaneous neoplasms are treated by various modalities that include excision,4-6 electrodesiccation and curettage,7-9 cryosurgery,10,11 and irradiation,12,13 with greater than 90% success.3,14,15 Certain of the remaining primary tumors, as well as recurrent carcinomas, present a demanding therapeutic challenge. For these lesions, Mohs surgery has evolved as the most reliable and cost-effective treatment modality, offering maximal preservation of normal tissue and therefore the lowest functional and cosmetic morbidity.1,3,16-24 In this review, the history and evolution of Mohs surgery and the technique itself will be briefly outlined. The indications for Mohs surgery, together with methods of handling the postoperative wound and future applications of the technique, will be discussed in detail.

(Arch Dermatol 1983;119:761-773)