What are the advantages of staged reconstruction in the treatment of angiosarcoma of the scalp?

Updated: Jan 03, 2020
  • Author: Jonathan S Zager, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Angiosarcoma of the scalp is a rare, aggressive, and difficult to treat tumor that primarily affects older individuals. Surgeons need to be familiar with these tumors and must be aware of the extremely high risk of local recurrence despite aggressive treatment. Staged reconstructions should be considered in most patients so that definitive reconstruction can be performed after the wide excision margins are found to be negative on permanent section analysis.


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