Electrodesiccation and Curettage

  • Gloria F. Graham


Curettage alone or in combination with electrodesiccation has been used for the treatment of skin cancer. While the curette was developed in the 1870s, electrodesiccation was first used in 1911 by Clark when a high-voltage, low-current electrode was applied to the skin and resulted in drying of tissue. It was not until later that the combination of curettage and electrodesiccation gained acceptance for low-risk lesions such as superficial and nodular basal cell carcinomas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gloria F. Graham
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  1. 1.Department of DermatologyWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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