How is melanoma excision performed?

Updated: Jun 28, 2021
  • Author: Jonathan B Heistein, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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When performing the wide local excision, first consider the surgical margins. If primary closure is not feasible, skin grafting or tissue transfers may be needed. The use of blue dye and radiotracer together provides excellent results and is sensitive in finding the sentinel lymph node. Frozen section specimens have largely been abandoned because the process destroys the ability to analyze the node using immunohistochemistry.


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