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Refer scalp lumps requiring excisional biopsy to a surgeon

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3521 (Published 07 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3521
  1. Peter J Mahaffey, consultant plastic surgeon1
  1. 1Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, Bedford, UK
  1. peter.mahaffey{at}bedfordhospital.nhs.uk

Batchelor and Handfield-Jones’s recommendation that cases of diagnostic uncertainty should be urgently referred to a dermatologist in secondary care does not stand up.1 Of the three cases presented, two needed …

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