Electrodessication and curettage (EDC) is a method by which the tumor is “scraped” out with a curette and then “burned” with electrocautery to cause further destruction and prevent bleeding. This technique can be used for superficial Squamous Cell Carcinomas and Basal Cell Carcinomas. This technique can be used for treatment of molluscum contagiosum as well, although treatment with candida antigen or liquid nitrogen is usually preferred. The cure rate of EDC is around 83-85% and is very dependent on the dermatologist’s experience with this technique.
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