Cryotherapy as a method of choice in the treatment of cylindromas on the elderly

Piotr Brzezinski, Masaoud Sousak, Beatriz Di Martino Ortiz, Anca Chiriac


The elderly (i.e., geriatric group) are often vulnerable to skin cancer. These patients often cannot cope with biopsies and surgical excisions. A good alternative is cryotherapy. Cylindroma is a benign adnexal tumor of the skin with eccrine and apocrine differentiation, and commonly occurs in the scalp. We present the case of an 82- year-old woman with a number of large tumors located on the head, which were effectively removed via cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen as a palliative treatment. No recurrence was detected during the two-year follow-up. Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen is an effective and non-invasive method for the treatment of benign skin tumors in the elderly.


skin cancer; cryotherapy; tumor, elderly; cylindroma; carcinoma

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