Skin Scrape Cytology in the Diagnosis of Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma for Treatment by Photodynamic Therapy
Aasmund Berner, Ana Soler, Trond Warloe
Photodynamic therapy is a new mode of cancer treatment with promising results for basal cell carcinoma. The current study aims to investigate the accuracy of skin scrape cytology in the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma as an integrated part of the treatment procedure. A total of 107 nodular basal cell carcinomas of the skin from 90 patients were examined and cytological and histological diagnoses were compared. Compared with histopathology, cytopathology gave 3 false benign results (2.8%) and no false malignant diagnoses. Three lesions were benign by both methods. We conclude that basal cell carcinoma is reliably diagnosed with both techniques. However, cytology is simpler and faster, allowing treatment to be instituted shortly after the first consultation.