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What surgeries are used for treating keratoacanthoma?

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There are a few different surgeries your doctor may use. He can:

  • Scrape off the tumor and seal up the wound.
  • Apply liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy the tumor. This is called cryosurgery.
  • Cut the tumor out and use stitches to close the area.
  • Remove one layer of tissue at a time and examine each one under a microscope to make sure all abnormal cells are gone. This is called Mohs surgery. It’s the most precise way to get rid of keratoacanthoma, but also the most expensive.

From: What is Keratoacanthoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Journal of Investigative Dermatology : “Are Keratoacanthomas Variants of Squamous Cell Carcinomas? A Comparison of Chromosomal Aberrations by Comparative Genomic Hybridization.”

Medscape: “Keratoacanthoma.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.”

James Spencer, MD, dermatologist in private practice in St. Petersburg, FL, and clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Keratoacanthoma,” “Multiple Self-Healing Squamous Epitheliomas of Ferguson-Smith,”  “Grzybowski Generalized Eruptive Keratoacanthomas.”

Ronald Davis, MD, dermatologist in private practice; adjunct professor of dermatology, University of Texas Medical School San Antonio.

American Family Physician : “Diagnosing Common Benign Skin Tumors.”

American Society of Dermatologic Surgery: “Skin Cancer Information.”

OrphaNet: “Multiple Self-Healing Squamous Epithelioma.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 06, 2017

SOURCES:

Journal of Investigative Dermatology : “Are Keratoacanthomas Variants of Squamous Cell Carcinomas? A Comparison of Chromosomal Aberrations by Comparative Genomic Hybridization.”

Medscape: “Keratoacanthoma.”

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer.”

James Spencer, MD, dermatologist in private practice in St. Petersburg, FL, and clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Squamous Cell Carcinoma.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Keratoacanthoma,” “Multiple Self-Healing Squamous Epitheliomas of Ferguson-Smith,”  “Grzybowski Generalized Eruptive Keratoacanthomas.”

Ronald Davis, MD, dermatologist in private practice; adjunct professor of dermatology, University of Texas Medical School San Antonio.

American Family Physician : “Diagnosing Common Benign Skin Tumors.”

American Society of Dermatologic Surgery: “Skin Cancer Information.”

OrphaNet: “Multiple Self-Healing Squamous Epithelioma.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 06, 2017

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