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Radiation therapy to women with large pendulous breasts presents dosimetric challenges when the whole breast (WB) and supraclavicular and axillary (SCF + AX) nodes need to be encompassed. The aim of this case study was to demonstrate the feasibility of planning and treating a pendulous breasted patient in the prone position. Computerised tomography (CT)(More)
BACKGROUND Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive, cutaneous neoplasm. The primary form of initial treatment is wide surgical excision. The use of Mohs micrographic surgery as the primary form of treatment in MCC has been controversial. The course of MCC is often aggressive, with early metastasis, widespread disease, and death. Despite the poor(More)
Overexposure to ultraviolet and visible radiation causes sunburn. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cool baths and topical steroids offer only mild relief. Long-term sun exposure causes chronic inflammatory skin changes. Photodamage, rather than the normal aging process, may account for 90 percent of age-associated cosmetic skin(More)
BACKGROUND Exposure to tanning beds, which contain mostly high-dose UV-A emitters, is a known cause of photoaging. Evidence is also accumulating for an association between tanning bed use and the development of skin cancer. Another source of high-dose UV-A is UV nail lights, available for use in the home and in beauty salons. OBSERVATIONS Two healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Reconstruction of defects of the distal nose/columella region present a challenge both esthetically and functionally. OBJECTIVE To describe the use of nasal floor tissue as an inferiorly based transposition flap for closure of distal nose/columella defects. METHODS Mohs micrographic surgery for excision of basal cell carcinoma was performed(More)
A 41-year-old human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive man was hospitalized with complaints of a 4-week history of nausea and vomiting, associated with decreased oral intake, and a 4-day history of frontal headache and fever. His medical history was significant for a gunshot wound to the head 3 years prior, with a residual seizure disorder. He also had(More)
A thorough knowledge of the techniques used in skin grafting is a necessity for successful soft-tissue reconstruction. Careful attention to detail and planning should ensure an excellent outcome. Current research in the fields of tissue engineering and skin substitutes continues to evolve with the ultimate goal being tissue-engineered skin that matches the(More)
Surgical procedures involve unique elements related to patient safety. One must be aware of potential complications and safety issues within the practice of dermatologic surgery. Developing a high level of competence in skin surgery will address some safety issues, while implementing protocols and redundancies provides systems-based correction for other(More)