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Step One: Currettage

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First curette away any friable tumor. Then make your first excision with the blade beveled at a 45 degree angle to the skin, just outside of the curetted area. You do not need to consider how you will repair the defect until removal of the tumor is complete; reconstruction will be considered only after tumor removal is complete. Make the incision.

Jason R. Swanson and Jeffrey L. Melton
Last Updated: September 1, 1996
Created: September 1, 1996