Background: Areas of dense inflammation are commonly removed during Mohs micrographic surgery for basal cell carcinoma because of the concern that they may mask areas of tumor. Objective: Our purpose was to determine whether inflammation masks tumor during Mohs surgery for primary basal cell carcinoma. Methods: Twenty-five consecutive cases of primary basal cell carcinoma with areas of dense inflammation encountered during Mobs surgery were sectioned and stained with hematoxylin and eosin and Ber-EP4. Results: In no cases did the dense inflammation mask residual tumor. Conclusion: Dense inflammation does not mask primary basal cell carcinoma during Mohs surgery and should be carefully evaluated before additional surgery is performed.
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