Dermoscopic-Pathologic Correlation: Apropos of Six Equivocal Cases

Gerardo Ferrara, Giuseppe Argenziano, Caterina M. Giorgio, Iris Zalaudek, Harald Kittler

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The increasing use of dermoscopy in preoperative diagnosis of melanocytic skin neoplasms is impacting on routine histopathology to a relevant extent. We herein present the dermoscopic-pathologic features of 6 cases of histopathologically controversial melanocytic skin neoplasms. By illustrating these cases, we emphasize at least 3 different fields of interest for a combined (clinico-)dermoscopic-pathologic diagnostic approach, namely, information about the evolution of lesions; detection of gross sampling errors; definition of peculiar clinicopathologic entities. The theoretic and practical aspects of a close interaction among dermoscopists and histopathologists are itemized in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • clinicopathologic correlation
  • dermoscopy
  • histopathologic diagnosis
  • melanocytic skin neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery


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