Is a punch biopsy reliable in subtyping basal cell carcinoma? A systematic review

D. J. Kadouch, A. van Haersma de With, J. Limpens, A. C. van der Wal, A. Wolkerstorfer, M. W. Bekkenk, M. A. de Rie

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Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most prevalent type of skin cancer. Numerous studies have reported on the rising incidence of BCC causing a major burden on current health care systems (1) . Current management relies on the histopathological subtype of a punch biopsy and this becomes more and more relevant due to the increasing use of non-surgical treatments. However the reliability of a punch biopsy in subtyping BCC has been questioned. The aim of this systematic review was to judge the reliability of a punch biopsy in accurately subtyping primary BCC. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-403
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

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