Dermoscopy for challenging melanoma; how to raise the 'red flag' when melanoma clinically looks benign

I. Zalaudek, G. Ferrara, A. Di Stefani, Giuseppe Argenziano

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Abstract

Melanoma may mimic clinically a number of benign skin tumours by exhibiting overlapping features that do not allow accurate differentiation. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic tool allowing the evaluation of specific subsurface morphological structures that are useful in most cases to distinguish melanoma from other melanocytic and nonmelanocytic skin tumours. In order to minimize the risk of missing melanoma, the diagnosis should be based on a good correspondence between the clinical and the dermoscopic findings. The case presented here refers to a melanoma clinically simulating dermatofibroma that was biopsied because dermoscopic examination revealed unusual features that did not confirm the clinical diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-202
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Volume153
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005

Keywords

  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Dermatofibroma
  • Dermatoscopy
  • Dermoscopy
  • Melanoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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