Surgical management of mycosis fungoides

W. Clark Lambert, Philip J. Cohen, Robert Schwartz

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Mycosis fungoides (MF) is a type of cutaneous hyperproliferative T-cell disorder that may be localized. Although there is considerable controversy regarding whether MF may originate as a non-neoplastic condition, or even whether MF is a neoplastic condition until late in its course, we have seen a few cases undergo what appeared to us to be a clear progression from an inflammatory disorder to MF. We now report a 32-year-old man with MF most prominent on his right flank and buttock who developed his patches several weeks following, and in the precise locations in which he had experienced, exposure to toxic chemicals in an industrial accident. Because of this history, and because all lesions were transient except for these sites, these permanent lesions were treated with local surgical excision. There was no recurrence of disease at the treated sites, and the progression of MF markedly slowed following surgery, although he has continued to experience multi-focal transient recurrent disease, controlled by a combination of topical and systemic treatments, until the present time. Destructive methods such as excisional surgery or carbon dioxide laser may be considered a therapeutic option for localized MF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-222
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of medicine
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 11 1997


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  • Medicine(all)

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Lambert, W. C., Cohen, P. J., & Schwartz, R. (1997). Surgical management of mycosis fungoides. Journal of medicine, 28(3-4), 211-222.