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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2011 August;146(4):301-5

language: English

Further discussion on dermatological radiotherapy

Campolmi P., Morini C., Rossi R., Bassi A., Mokhtarzadeh S., Gianfaldoni S., Lotti T.

Department of dermatologic Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy


Dermatological radiotherapy has used for decades in the treatment of skin diseases with very good results. The Florentine school has always played a fundamental role in the development of this technique, this is where a phototherapy institute, which was going, in the future, to be 1st one in Italy to perform contact radiotherapy regularly, started. As time went by and with the development to new therapeutical modalities, the roentgentherapy met with a decreasing consent. So far, it is still proposed as an effective therapeutically modality in dermatological oncology, if even in selected cases. Basal cell carcinomas can reach big dimensions mainly for recurrence or because the tumor was overlooked for a long time. We bring to attention the case of a 65-year-old man presenting an ulcerated, sharp-bordered, infiltrating and bleeding lesion, occupying most of the left wing of the nose, with a diameter of about 3 cm. The man hadn’t received any previous treatment. The lesion was subjected to a biopsy and the istopathological analysis diagnosed an ulcus rodens. The man refused the complete surgical removal, and was thus treated with roentgentherapy, with satisfying results and without any complications in the irradiated area. The patient didn’t show any relapse after one year of follow-up. Radiotherapy can still be considered as an effective therapeutical alternative both for lesion requiring a surgical approach and for those developing in patients that couldn’t be subjected to any other therapies.

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