Cutaneous melanoma: Digital dermoscopy -essential tool for positive diagnosis

Olga Simionescu, Mariana Costache, Alessandro Testori

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Cutaneous melanoma is a "perfid", aggressive and hard to be treated malignant tumor in case of delayed diagnosis. However, patients still have a chance to escape progressive disease if the lesion is recognized early, when the surgical approach is curative. Dermoscopy has the important advantage of rapidity and non-invasivity in a field with (still) contradictory algorithms of diagnosis and treatment. The recognition of the elementary dermoscopic lesions enables accurate diagnosis for cutaneous melanoma. In our opinion, dermoscopy appears compulsory in the routine derma-tologic examination. In vivo microscopy (dermoscopy) together with histopathology (plus or minus immunohisto-chemistry) seem, at present, to provide the most reliable diagnosis of melanoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-994
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


  • in vivo microscopy
  • Melanocytic nests
  • Melanoma
  • Pseudopodes
  • Risk factors
  • Tumoral invasion
  • Vasculature
  • Veil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry

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