What is the role of electrodessication and curettage (ED&C) for the treatment of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC)?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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ED&C is a simple technique that can be used to treat localized, superficial cSCC. This procedure destroys the tumor and a surrounding margin of clinically unaffected tissue via cauterization and scraping of the area with a curette. The process is repeated several times to maximize the probability of complete tumor extirpation.

The technique is based on the delineation of tumor margins with a curette, because tumor tissue is generally more friable than the surrounding normal tissue. ED&C is known to be very technique dependent, and cure rates improve with a practitioner's experience.

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