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A report of 12 cases of basal cell carcinoma arising in lesions following laser therapy.
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PMID:  15785277     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Since the latter half of the 1990s, laser treatment has become a common practice in Korea. A group of patients diagnosed as having basal cell carcinoma (BCC) also had a history of prior laser therapy performed on undiagnosed cutaneous lesions. Clinical and histologic evaluations of these cases were performed retrospectively. Among the 138 patients who were diagnosed with BCC from 1997 to 2001, 12 lesions (8.7%, 3 males and 9 females) developed following previous laser treatment to remove undiagnosed lesions. The mean age of the patients was 55.6 years, which was younger than that of the general Korean population (62.7 years), and their noses were the most common site of lesion development. The lesions had disappeared grossly after laser therapy for 6 patients, but for the other 6 patients, their lesions had persisted or grown. The interval between the time of laser therapy and diagnosis of BCC ranged from 1 month to 3 years. The average interval was 18 months. Histologically, aggressive forms were more common in these cases as compared with the usual patterns of BCCs. Although we do not think that laser therapy causes the development of BCC directly, laser therapy does not seem to be adequate for undiagnosed lesions. And our conclusion is that the cutaneous lesions should be biopsied and thoroughly diagnosed and managed prior to laser therapy.
Yong-Chan Bae; Young-Seok Kang; Chang-Keun Oh; So-Min Hwang
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of plastic surgery     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0148-7043     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2005 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-23     Completed Date:  2005-08-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805336     Medline TA:  Ann Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  384-6; discussion 387-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Busan 602-739, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Carcinoma, Basal Cell / surgery*
Case-Control Studies
Laser Therapy / methods*
Middle Aged
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local*
Postoperative Complications*
Skin Neoplasms / surgery*

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