Accuracy of partial biopsies in the management of cutaneous melanoma

  title={Accuracy of partial biopsies in the management of cutaneous melanoma},
  author={B. J. Doolan and A. Robinson and R. Wolfe and J. Kelly and C. McLean and C. McCormack and M. Henderson and Y. Pan},
  journal={Australasian Journal of Dermatology},
  • B. J. Doolan, A. Robinson, +5 authors Y. Pan
  • Published 2019
  • Medicine
  • Australasian Journal of Dermatology
  • The recommended method for histopathological diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma is excisional biopsy, although partial biopsies (shave and punch) are often used. Following a partial biopsy, treatment guidelines recommend a narrow excisional biopsy to plan definitive management. There is limited evidence on the benefits of direct wide local excision (WLE) following diagnostic partial biopsies. 
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