Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Development, Technique, and Applications in Cutaneous Malignancies

Eillen Luisa A. Chen, Divya Srivastava, Rajiv I. Nijhawan

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Abstract

Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a specialized technique for treating skin malignancies that offers the highest cure rate by allowing histological evaluation of the entire peripheral and deep margins. MMS also maximally preserves as much uninvolved, normal adjacent tissue as possible, allowing for the best cosmetic and functional outcomes. When used for appropriate indications, this technique is also more cost-effective than other treatment modalities. In this article, the authors will discuss the development of MMS, the steps involved in this procedure, and the indications for this technique. They will also review the use of MMS for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma in situ, and some less common skin malignancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2018

Keywords

  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Mohs surgery
  • cutaneous malignancies
  • skin cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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