BACKGROUND: Successful surgical treatment of cutaneous melanoma is dependent on margin control. OBJECTIVE: To determine efficacy of modified Mohs micrographic surgery (mMMS) with en face permanent margins in management of invasive melanoma (IM) and melanoma in situ (MIS). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study evaluating local recurrence, 5-year recurrence-free survival, and 5-year melanoma-specific survival. Overall, 657 melanomas (128 IM and 529 MIS) from 631 patients were treated using mMMS during a 10-year period. Follow-up information was obtained from medical records and telephone encounters. RESULTS: The median follow-up time was 5.18 years. Most melanomas were located on the head and neck 93.6% (615/657). Margins required for clearance were 0.77 ± 0.44 cm (mean ± SD). Local recurrence was identified in 1.98% (13/657) of melanomas with no local recurrences in IM. Five-year local recurrence-free and melanoma-specific survival rates were estimated to be 96.9% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 94.6%-98.2%) and 99.0% (95% CI: 97.7%-99.6%). There were 5 melanoma-related deaths. CONCLUSION: Modified Mohs micrographic surgery is an effective treatment of melanoma as evidenced by low local recurrence rates and high melanoma-specific survival.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2020|
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