Management of Incompletely Excised Skin Tumors: Our Experience

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Current British Association of Dermatologists guidelines recommend that Mohs micrographic surgery should be considered for incompletely excised basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Units that perform Mohs surgery are limited. In Teesside, the skin cancer multidisciplinary team discusses all incompletely excised skin tumors, considers all treatment options, provides recommendations, and initiates the agreed management plan.


To assess the outcome and appropriateness of local surgical macroexcision for incompletely excised skin tumors.


The authors performed a retrospective analysis of the local skin multidisciplinary team notes from July 2010 to July 2012 identifying all incompletely excised skin cancers. A total of 46 basal cell carcinomas and 27 squamous cell carcinomas were incompletely excised. Case note and pathology report review was used to identify the recommended management option and subsequent outcome.


Fifty-four of the 73 incompletely excised tumor identified underwent further surgical excision locally. Fifty-one of 54 patients (94.4%) had successful completion of excision with a single procedure. The remaining 3 patients' required further surgery, performed locally, to completely excise their tumor. Average follow-up was 35 months with 1 (1.9%) recurrence.


In the authors' region, local surgical management of incompletely excised skin tumors has yielded results comparable to Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery remains a viable option in specific cases.

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