BACKGROUND: Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is the most reliable tissue-sparing technique in the management of cutaneous malignancies. Although the concept is simple, there is considerable variability in the mapping and processing techniques used by Mohs surgeons and histotechnicians.OBJECTIVE: This review article aims to examine the frozen-section tissue processing techniques. Existing variations will be discussed and pearls offered to optimize the frozen processing technique.METHODS: A PubMed search was performed for publications on methods of tissue processing in MMS.RESULTS: Our review highlights variations in debulking, embedding, processing adipose tissue, cartilage, and wedge resections. We offer pearls on how to avoid false-positive and false-negative margins and discuss advances in immunohistochemistry.CONCLUSION: Our article provides a how-to format on the different stages of tissue processing with pearls and techniques to optimize practice and improve accuracy.
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