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Derm News: 2007.25(5)

Basal cell carcinoma of the nail unit

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 56(5):811-814
Seth B. Forman, Tammie C. Ferringer, Algin B. Garrett

We report a case of a 70-year-old white male with a basal cell carcinoma of the left thumb nail unit. Excision of the tumor via Mohs micrographic surgery was completed in 2 stages. The defect was repaired with a full thickness skin graft. Five months later the nail unit healed without complications. Prior to this report, 21 cases of basal cell carcinoma have been reported in the world literature. This case, as well as the prior reports, are reviewed with a focus on time to diagnosis, location, excisional technique, and method of repair.

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