Abstract Number: 22

Management of perineural invasion

S.C. Huilgol

Meeting: 2012 Dermcoll

Session Information

Date: -

Session Title: Skin Cancer Symposium

Session Time: -

Perineural invasion (PNI) describes tumour growth in and around a nerve. It is an uncommon fi nding in non-melanoma skin cancer but has the potential for serious sequelae, most commonly local recurrence in the skin and cranial nerves. Assessment of the severity of PNI is based on clinical, pathological and imaging fi ndings. Clinical problems include sensory and motor abnormalities. Histology helps to clarify the number, size and location of involved nerves. MRI and CT imaging assist in diagnosis and assessment of PNI. Mohs surgery is indicated for the extirpation of cutaneous disease but a multidisciplinary approach with neurosurgi- cal and plastic surgeons and radiation oncologists is required for more extensive disease.