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TEIXEIRA, Danilo Augusto; REZZE, Gisele Gargantini; PINHAL, Maria Aparecida Silva  and  PASCHOAL, Francisco Macedo. Reflectance confocal microscopy as a tool for screening surgical margins of basal cell carcinoma. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2018, vol.93, n.4, pp.601-604. ISSN 0365-0596.

Surgical excision of basal cell carcinoma with minimum margins requires serial assessment of layers by frozen histopathology in the case of Mohs micrographic surgery. Evaluation of presurgical tumor margins by in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy is a potential alternative. We selected 12 basal cell carcinoma lesions that were analyzed by confocal microscopy to define margins. The lesions were excised by Mohs surgery. Six tumors showed negative margins in the first phase of Mohs micrographic surgery. We concluded that reflectance confocal microscopy can be useful in the preoperative definition of basal cell carcinoma margins.

Keywords : Carcinoma, basal cell; Microscopy, confocal; Mohs surgery.

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