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The Use of Cryosurgery in Dermatology

  • Rodney P. R. Dawber

Abstract

There is more information and experience regarding the effects of cold on the skin than any other organ — both from observation in cold climate and environments and from its many uses, in cryosurgical practice in man and in other animals (1–3). Since the skin has long been known to heal well after cold injury a vast array of conditions have been treated by cryosurgery (Figs. 7.1.1–7.1.11) — often amounting to over-use and mis-use; the comprehensive list (Table 7.1.1) reflects those conditions for which good results have been recorded, though this is not to imply that cryosurgery is the treatment of choice for all these entities (1,4). Cutaneous cryosurgery has come more into the fore during the last 25 years, in part because of improved cryobiological background knowledge, but also because in everyday dermatology, with the ready availability of liquid nitrogen, it has become cheap, quick, easy to perform (5) and can usually be carried out without surgical theatre facilities, and even in the patient’s home under certain circumstances.

Keywords

Skin Cancer Basal Cell Carcinoma Medial Canthus Cutaneous Disorder Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma 
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