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J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Feb;37(2):367-77. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2011.11.019.

Cutaneous malignancies of the upper extremity.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA.


Cutaneous malignancies are the most common primary malignancies of the hand. The hand surgeon may be the first physician to see these patients or may have the patients referred to them because of expertise in this anatomical region. This article reviews diagnosis and treatment, including margin of resection and need for sentinel lymph node biopsy, for the 3 most common cutaneous malignancies: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma.

Copyright © 2012 American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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