Journal Information
Vol. 95. Issue 4.
Pages 548-549 (01 July 2020)
Vol. 95. Issue 4.
Pages 548-549 (01 July 2020)
Open Access
On variations in micrographic surgery and the use of horizontal histological sections in the evaluation of the surgical margin – Reply
Francisco Macedo Paschoal
Dermatology Sector, Faculdade de Medicina do ABC, Santo André, SP, Brazil
Related content
Anna Carolina Miola, Hélio Amante Miot, Luis Fernando Figueiredo Kopke
This item has received

Under a Creative Commons license
Article information
Full Text
Download PDF
Full Text
Dear Editor,

In their article, Portela et al. proposed a new way of evaluating the product of tumor enucleation using horizontal histological sections.1

Apart from the discussion on the different techniques of micrographic surgery, including the Munich technique,2 the similarity between the technique presented by Portela et al. and the Munich technique relates to the way the tissue is sectioned for histological analysis, i.e., in horizontal or parallel sections to the skin surface. However, several differences can be listed. Enucleation or debulking is not necessarily performed through a vertical incision. Most of the time, the incision is tangential to the skin surface. The sections of the surgical specimen, as proposed by Portela et al., are made from the surface to the bottom, contrary to what is done in the Munich technique. This is justified, as the main objective of the histological evaluation by horizontal sections of the enucleated tumor is to allow a better analysis of the histological subtype and the tumor site. Therefore, it is more logical that the sections start on the surface, the level where the tumor is already present. The subsequent assessment of the surgical borders and margins in the study by Portela et al. was carried out as recommended in Mohs micrographic surgery.

It is worth mentioning that horizontal histological sections, also termed transverse sections, have been used for decades in dermatopathology, such as in hair follicle diseases and in the correlation between dermatoscopy, confocal reflectance microscopy, and histopathology.3–5

Therefore, the study did not aim to describe a new micrographic surgery technique, since Mohs micrographic surgery was used in the peripheral control of the margins. Nevertheless, the debate on the different types of micrographic surgery is of great importance, due to its growing diffusion and the progressive increase in the number of micrographic surgeons in Brazil.

Financial support

None declared.

Author's contributions

Francisco Macedo Paschoal: Approval of the final version of the manuscript; drafting and editing of the manuscript; critical review of the literature; critical review of the manuscript.

Conflicts of interest

None declared.

P.S. Portela, D.A. Teixeira, C.D.A.S. Machado, M.A.S. Pinhal, F.M. Paschoal.
Horizontal histological sections in the preliminary evaluation of basal cell carcinoma submitted to Mohs micrographic surgery.
An Bras Dermatol, 94 (2019), pp. 671-676
L.F.F. Kopke, B. Konz.
The fundamental differences among the variations of micrografic surgery.
An Bras Dermatol, 69 (1994), pp. 505-510
G.G. Rezze, A.P. Scramin, R.I. Neves, G. Landman.
Structural correlations between dermoscopic features of cutaneous melanomas and histopathology using transverse sections.
Am J Dermatopathol, 28 (2006), pp. 13-20
J.C. Braga, M.P. Macedo, C. Pinto, J. Duprat, M.D. Begnami, G. Pellacani, et al.
Learning reflectance confocal microscopy of melanocytic skin lesions through histopathologic transversal sections.
J.T. Hedington.
Transverse microscopic anatomy of the human scalp: a basis for a morphometric approach to disorders of the hair follicue.
Arch Dermatol, 120 (1984), pp. 449-456

How to cite this article: Paschoal FM. On variations in micrographic surgery and the use of horizontal histological sections in the evaluation of the surgical margin – Reply. An Bras Dermatol. 2020;95:548–9.

Copyright © 2020. Sociedade Brasileira de Dermatologia
Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Article options
en pt
Cookies policy Política de cookies
To improve our services and products, we use "cookies" (own or third parties authorized) to show advertising related to client preferences through the analyses of navigation customer behavior. Continuing navigation will be considered as acceptance of this use. You can change the settings or obtain more information by clicking here. Utilizamos cookies próprios e de terceiros para melhorar nossos serviços e mostrar publicidade relacionada às suas preferências, analisando seus hábitos de navegação. Se continuar a navegar, consideramos que aceita o seu uso. Você pode alterar a configuração ou obter mais informações aqui.