Dermatologic surgery emergencies: Complications caused by occlusion and blood pressure

Kira Minkis, Adam Whittington, Murad Alam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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While the overall incidence of emergencies in dermatologic surgery is low, emergent situations can occasionally pose a risk to patients undergoing such procedures. The clinical importance of several types of emergences related to vascular occlusion, hypertension, and hypotension are reviewed, and relevant epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, work-up, management, and prevention are discussed. Early detection of these emergencies can mitigate or forestall associated adverse outcomes, thereby allowing the outstanding record of safety of dermatologic surgery to continue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-262
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • complication
  • dermatologic emergency
  • embolism
  • hypertension
  • hypotension
  • myocardial infarction
  • stroke
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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