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Non-surgical management of actinic keratosis, Bowen’s disease and non-melanoma skin cancer

Non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) are primary cutaneous neoplasms comprising mainly of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). In 2011, 102,628 cases of NMSCs (74% BCC and 23% SCC) were recorded in England, making NMSC the most common...

Evidence based review of management for common head and neck cancers

As part of the PRS evidence based review series, this well written review summarises the up-to-date knowledge regarding the surgical and non-surgical management of the common facial skin cancers. The review is limited to BCC, SCC, MM and Merkel Cell...

Systemic screening in adnexal lymphoma

This is a retrospective review of 119 patients diagnosed with ocular adnexal lymphoma, 85 of whom had primary adnexal disease and 34 had previously been diagnosed with lymphoma outside the ocular adnexa. Sixty-eight of the primary and 24 of the...

Rib grafts for mandibular reconstruction

The mandible provides support for the function of the lips, floor of mouth and tongue, and provision of oral competence and function such as swallowing, chewing and speech. Reconstruction of the mandible following ablation thus requires good bone stock to...

Three-dimensional visualisation of the human face using DICOM data

This is an extended case report and something I would not normally review for the purposes of PMFA News. However, we should welcome innovation and use of simple technologies to potentially improve clinical care. This study describes the use of...

Multiple free flaps for head and neck cancer

Most patients with advanced head and neck cancers now undergo microvascular free flap reconstruction. This is mainly as flaps facilitate complete tumour and margin removal by providing reliable wound coverage and better restoration of form and function. However, despite this,...

Avoiding pre-placed recti sutures in enucleation

This is a retrospective review of 40 patients who underwent enucleation using a non-conventional technique in which the recti muscles were detached from the sclera without pre-placing any sutures to secure the cut muscle ends. The surgery was only performed...

Perceptions and deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 12 December 2016

A Death in Hong Kong: an evolving essay and insight into medicine and the law in contemporary Hong Kong (part four). I had found Dr Wong exposing a dying patient for his own vicarious gratification. I had specifically forbidden him...

Perceptions and Deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 5 October 2016

And there was me thinking Hong Kong is in a bit of a political mess! What an extraordinary few weeks in the UK as far as medicine is concerned. After months of insisting that he, The Right Honorable Jeremy Hunt,...

The Need for Informed Opinions

It is important not to take sides too soon in any debate and let the various parties present their arguments. In this context, I mean ‘argument’ as a structured rational to support a specific position. With regard to aesthetic medicine...

Plastic Surgery Volume 3: Craniofacial, Head and Neck Surgery, Paediatric Surgery

A detailed description of all aspects of head and neck surgery is a considerable challenge for any single volume but the fourth volume of this series is nonetheless fairly comprehensive and attempts to cover the anatomy, craniofacial trauma and head...

A modification of the crescentic flap for nasal skin reconstruction

Non melanoma skin cancers are the most frequent malignant skin tumours and in over 25% of cases affect the nose. Following excision, the reconstruction can be challenging. The nasal complex has adjacent concave and convex surfaces, minimal laxity and nasal...