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Treatment of Nodular Fasciitis Occurring on the Face

 Byung Ho Oh  ;  Jihee Kim  ;  Zhenlong Zheng  ;  Mi Ryung Roh  ;  Kee Yang Chung 
 ANNALS OF DERMATOLOGY, Vol.27(6) : 694-701, 2015 
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Intralesional injection ; Laser therapy ; Nodular fasciitis
BACKGROUND: Surgical excision is generally recommended for the treatment of nodular fasciitis (NF) to rule out sarcoma. However, in cases of NF occurring on the face, the reported recurrence rate is higher and the surgical approach may result in considerable aesthetic concern. OBJECTIVE: To describe our experience with NF occurring on the face and evaluate the outcomes of surgical and nonsurgical methods of treatment. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of 16 patients with NF on the face. The patients were treated with surgical excision or nonsurgical methods such as triamcinolone intralesional injection (TA ILI) and pinhole method with a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. RESULTS: Among the 16 patients, surgical treatment was performed in 9 and recurrence occurred in 7 of these 9 patients (77.8%). The recurred lesions showed regression after repeated TA ILI. On the other hand, five patients underwent nonsurgical treatment after the histologic exclusion of malignancy. Their lesions showed regression after repeated pinhole treatment and TA ILI. In one case, NF spontaneously regressed. On a visual analogue scale, the nonsurgical approach showed superior results. However, the values were not statistically significant (6.90±1.56 vs. 5.61±1.36; p=0.163). The satisfaction level was lower in patients who experienced recurrence after surgical excision. CONCLUSION: Surgical treatment for NF on the face showed a noticeable recurrence rate and resulted in scarring. Therefore, considering the possibility of spontaneous regression, the nonsurgical method can be considered as an alternative treatment option for NF on the face.
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Kim, Jihee(김지희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0047-5941
Roh, Mi Ryung(노미령) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6285-2490
Oh, Byung Ho(오병호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9575-5665
Chung, Kee Yang(정기양) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3257-0297
Zheng, Zhen Long(정진룡)
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