BACKGROUND: Skin cancer is the most common malignancy and can be treated in various ways. One treatment modality is Mohs micrographic surgery. Due to the increasing incidence of skin cancer in the last decades, there is a need for improvement of the Mohs technique to optimize its effectiveness. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of dermoscopy to guide demarcation of Mohs micrographic surgery margins and ascertain whether this method can reduce operative time and, therefore, reduce surgical morbidity and cost. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The sample comprised 44 patients who underwent Mohs micrographic surgery, allocated into two groups: the control group and the intervention group. In the latter, surgical margins were guided by dermoscopy. RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups by chi-square analysis (p = 0.399). CONCLUSION: Although outcomes were similar in the two groups, demonstrating that dermoscopy does not help in the demarcation of surgical margins for Mohs micrographic surgery, the study provides a practical proposal for improvement of the Mohs technique.
Piloleiomyoma is a benign smooth muscle tumor which arises from the erector pilorum muscles. The lesions can be solitary or multiple. They are painful, tender to cold, touch and pressure and sensitive to emotions. The authors report the case of a man with intradermal nodules composed of smooth muscle fibers. Immunohistochemical staining was positive for desmin and actin, thus confirming the diagnosis.
Piloleiomioma é tumor benigno de músculo liso que tem origem no músculo eretor do pêlo. Pode ocorrer isoladamente ou em grande número. Apresenta-se doloroso, sensível ao frio, toque, pressão e emoção. Relata-se caso de um homem com nódulos intradérmicos compostos por fibras de músculo liso. A imuno-histoquímica mostra-se positiva para desmina e actina, confirmando o diagnóstico.