Basal cell nevus syndrome : Treatment

Treatment

Very frequent examinations by a dermatologist are critical, so that skin cancers may be treated while they are still small.

Persons with this condition may also be seen and treated by several other specialists, depending on what part of the body is affected. For example, a cancer specialist (oncologist) may treat internal tumors, and an orthopedic surgeon may help treat bone problems.

Prognosis (Expectations)

Frequent follow-up with a variety of doctors is vital to achieving a good outcome.

Complications

  • Blindness
  • Brain tumor
  • Deafness
  • Ovarian tumors
  • Skin damage and severe scarring due to skin cancers
  • Spontaneous fractures

Calling Your Health Care Provider

Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:

  • You or any family members have basal cell nevus syndrome, especially if you are planning to have a child.
  • You have a child who has symptoms of this condition.


Review Date : 8/2/2009
Reviewed By : Michael Lehrer, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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