Observations on the inadequately excised basal cell carcinomas

J Surg Oncol. 1984 Feb;25(2):79-80. doi: 10.1002/jso.2930250204.


We studied 43 cases of reexcised skin where a diagnosis of "inadequately excised basal cell carcinoma" was made at the initial excision. Only 3 cases (7%) revealed microscopic residual tumor. Prior studies have shown a recurrence rate as high as 35% for "inadequately excised basal cell cancers." Possible reasons for relatively low incidence of residual tumor in the reexcised specimens are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local*
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery*