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Posts by Simon Madorsky, MD

Nasal Open Wound Complication

HISTORY A 73-year-old man with BCC of the nasal tip presented 1 week following Mohs excision. His reconstruction was delayed for an additional week for a cardiac work up. Nasal reconstruction was performed with a superior extended nasal myocutaneous flap (SENMI flap) and nasal septal cartilage grafts. The patient developed nasal tip incisional discharge 1…

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Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Cutaneous SCC

HISTORY A 58-year-old kidney transplant recipient presented with a 6-month history of squamous cell carcinoma of the left scalp. This large lesion was adjacent to the scar of a previous carcinoma excision in 2014. Patient is on sirolimus for his kidney transplant performed in 1984. He has had multiple BCCs and SCCs of scalp, back,…

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Near-Infrared Laser Lymphangiography Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Melanoma

HISTORY A 61-year-old male presents for 1.5 cm malignant melanoma of left posterior shoulder invading to at least 1.2 mm (Clark’s Level IV) on a shave biopsy. Left shoulder melanoma was excised, and a left axillary sentinel lymph node was biopsied. Small focus of residual melanoma was found in the primary site, but none in…

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Atypical Nevus – a Melanoma Precursor? Not Exactly

HISTORY A 27-year-old woman presented with many-year history of left cheek nevus. The lesion grew in size and changed in color. Shave biopsy showed a nevus with moderate atypical melanocytic hyperplasia. Residual pigmentation of the nevus and involved histologic margins remained after the biopsy. DISCUSSION Are all atypical melanocytic lesions pre-melanomas? Should dysplastic lesions be…

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Pediatric Office Procedures with PRO-NOX™ Nitrous Oxide

HISTORY An 8-year-old girl presents with a 1 year history of dark mole of the right lower eyelid. Initially presenting as a small freckle, it grew and darkened in color. Right lower eyelid excisional biopsy was performed utilizing PRO-NOX™ nitrous oxide system. Biopsy showed intradermal nevus, combined type (primarily a common blue nevus and a…

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Nasal Skin Graft Revision with Flaps

HISTORY The patient presented for scar revision 8 months after Mohs excision of BCC of the nose and closure with an ear skin graft, performed elsewhere. Patient presents for correction of the atrophic erythematous skin graft scar. The patient was treated with two signature flaps of the SCARS Center developed for nasal reconstruction. DISCUSSION The…

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Leiomyosarcoma of Scalp

HISTORY An 84-year-old man presented with a 7-month history of 2.5 cm ulcerated nodule of the scalp. Biopsy showed a poorly defined neoplasm consistent with a leiomyosarcoma. Wide local resection with 1 cm margins cleared the tumor. The 5 cm scalp defect was reconstructed with multiple large scalp rotation flaps. DISCUSSION Spindle cell neoplasms of…

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Recurrent BCC of the External Ear After Radiation

HISTORY A 77-year-old man presents with 5-year history of infiltrative basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the left ear fossa triangularis and root of helix. The area was originally treated with four weeks of radiation in 2014, complicated by temporary ulceration and healing with adhesion. When the area developed crusting a couple of years later, the…

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Lethal Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Forearm in a Lung Transplant Recipient

HISTORY A 71-year-old lung transplant recipient presented with a recurrence of left dorsal forearm and wrist Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) after Mohs excision in 2016 performed elsewhere. The patient underwent Mohs excision with clear margins and additional deeper wide local resection with no carcinoma identified. Patient was referred for radiation oncology evaluation, but he was…

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Trichoepithelioma

HISTORY 33-year-old woman presents with 3-year history of slowly growing nasal tip lesion biopsied as a trichoepithelioma. Mohs excision was performed creating a 0.6 cm defect. It was reconstructed with a lateral nasal island flap. DISCUSSION Trichoepithelioma is a benign basaloid follicular neoplasm (arising from a pilosebaceous unit). Its basal cell proliferation is differentiated from…

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