The treatment of multiple basal cell carcinomas in patients with Gorlin's syndrome presents a therapeutic challenge. The carbon dioxide laser presents a unique treatment option due to increased surgical speed, a bloodless operating field, reduced postoperative pain and discomfort, and acceptable scars. Six patients with Gorlin's syndrome have been treated with the carbon dioxide laser. Between 14 and 110 lesions were treated in one session under local anesthesia. Pre- and postlaser biopsies of the lesions confirm complete eradication of the tumors. Mean follow-up is 20 months, No local recurrence has been observed.
Grobbelaar AO, Horlock N, Gault DT, Gorlin's syndrome: the role of the carbon dioxide laser in patient management.