Results of cryotherapy for eyelid malignancies

F. T. Fraunfelder, S. A. Zacarian, D. L. Wingfield, B. L. Limmer

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A total of 164 nodular and infiltrative eyelid basal cell carcinomas were treated with liquid nitrogen spray cryotherapy and followed up for a minimum of five years. For lesions less than 10 mm in diameter, nodular basal cell carcinomas had a 97% cure rate with cryotherapy and infiltrative basal cell carcinomas had a 94% cure rate. However, nodular of infiltrative basal cell carcinoma lesions larger than 10 mm in diameter had 85% and 82% cure rates with cryotherapy, respectively. After a minimum four-year follow-up period, 25 recurrent basal cell carcinomas previously treated by various methods had a 93% cure rate when re-treated with cryotherapy. Data for other malignant eyelid lesions treated with cryotherapy were insufficient for statistical analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-188
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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