Author | Marc D. Brown, MD

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Commentary (Brown)-Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Established Uses and Emerging Trends

August 01, 2005

Drs. Pennington and Leffellhave provided an excellentoverview of the current uses ofMohs micrographic surgery. The procedurehas certainly come a long waysince the days of Frederic Mohs andthe application of zinc chloride paste(chemosurgery). Despite the fact that ithas indeed become the “gold standard”for the removal of basal cell carcinoma(BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma(SCC), there remain areas of controversyfor its use in melanoma and otherless common cutaneous neoplasms. Asmore dermatologists (and even a fewnondermatologists) have becometrained and gain experience in this specializedprocedure, and as more communitiesand university teaching centershave established growing Mohs practices,the procedure has become recognizedand embraced by health-careprofessionals and patients alike.