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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 136-137
Re: Superficial large basal cell carcinoma over face, reconstructed by V-Y plasty


The Dermatology Cente, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD, United Kingdom

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Date of Web Publication7-Aug-2014
 

How to cite this article:
Madan V. Re: Superficial large basal cell carcinoma over face, reconstructed by V-Y plasty. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2014;7:136-7

How to cite this URL:
Madan V. Re: Superficial large basal cell carcinoma over face, reconstructed by V-Y plasty. J Cutan Aesthet Surg [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 May 26];7:136-7. Available from: http://www.jcasonline.com/text.asp?2014/7/2/136/138368


Dear Editor,

Deshmukh et al. published a case of 'Superficial large basal cell carcinoma over face, reconstructed by V-Y plasty'. [1] Whilst I congratulate the authors for publishing their experience, I must highlight some inaccuracies and omissions in this article.

The authors state that superficial basal cell carcinomas (sBCC) are uncommon on the face. I agree with this statement but disagree with their clinical and histological assessment of the reported BCC on the face, which appears clinically morphoeic and histologically infiltrative.

The readership may take home the wrong message that excision followed by flap repair should be a good option for sBCC. This would be an inaccurate inference as excellent tissue salvaging technologies exist for treatment of sBCC. [2]

Further, whilst surgical excision with predetermined margins is a standard treatment of the BCC in the report, the authors fail to mention the role of Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) in this context. It should be highlighted that MMS is the gold standard treatment for large and infiltrative tumours such as the one in the reported patient. The cost of setting up a Mohs unit along with the need for specialist training limit the availability of this treatment, which makes excision with predetermined margins an acceptable second best option.

The most important aspect in skin cancer surgery is histological cure, but the authors failed to mention the margins of clearance or involvement in the excised specimen. A recurrent BCC on a skin flap is often more challenging to treat than a primary lesion.

Finally, we should restrict the description 'superficial spreading' to the most common melanoma subtype; superficial BCCs rarely spread.

 
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1.Deshmukh P, Sharma YK, Dogra BB, Chaudhari ND. Superficial large basal cell carcinoma over face, reconstructed by V-Y plasty. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2014;7:65-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Madan V, Lear JT, Szeimies RM. Non-melanoma skin cancer. Lancet 2010;375:673-85.  Back to cited text no. 2
    

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Correspondence Address:
Vishal Madan
The Dermatology Cente, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.138368

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