Mohs' micrographic surgery for basal cell carcinomas on the eyelids and medial canthal area. II. Reconstruction and follow-up

Acta Ophthalmol Scand. 2000 Aug;78(4):430-6. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0420.2000.078004430.x.


Purpose: To report our experience of reconstruction and follow-up of eyelid basal cell carcinomas treated with Mohs' micrographic technique.

Methods: Sixty-four periocular basal cell carcinomas, with a high risk of recurrence in one or more aspects with regard to location, size, morphology or prior treatment, were excised using Mohs' micrographic technique. All ensuing defects were repaired. The cases were followed prospectively for up to ten years. All complications and interventions were documented during the follow-up period.

Results: The average size of the defect before repair was 21 mm (range 5-45 mm). The mean follow-up time was 49 months (range 3-120). The recurrence rate was 5% (3 of 64 cases). The three recurrences occurred after one, four and six years, respectively.

Conclusions: The recurrence rate of high risk tumours reported in this study was less than reported with other modes of treatment and comparable with that in other studies using Mohs' micrographic technique.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blepharoplasty / methods*
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / surgery*
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / pathology
  • Eyelid Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Eyelids / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mohs Surgery / methods*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies