Dermoscopy of subcorneal hematoma

Iris Zalaudek, Giuseppe Argenziano, H. Peter Soyer, Jean Hilaire Saurat, Ralph P. Braun

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BACKGROUND. Subcorneal hematoma is a pigmented skin lesion usually occurring on palms or soles after a trauma or sport activity. Clinically, it may exhibit overlapping features with acral melanoma or acral melanocytic nevi, leading to unnecessary excision of this otherwise harmless skin lesion. OBJECTIVE. The objective was to describe the dermoscopic features in a series of subcorneal hematomas. METHODS. Dermoscopic images of 15 subcorneal hematomas were evaluated for the presence of different colors and dermoscopic structures. RESULTS. In our series, a red-black hue was the most frequent color seen by dermoscopy (40% of the lesions) and a homogeneous pattern of pigmentation was the most frequent dermoscopic structure (53.3%). Remarkably, 40% of the lesions exhibited a parallel-ridge pattern that is usually found in early melanoma of palms and soles. In 46.7% of the lesions, red-black globules were additionally seen at the periphery as satellites disconnected from the lesion's body. Only two lesions showed either parallel-furrow or fibrillar pattern. A scratch test performed in four lesions, allowed complete or partial removal of the pigmentation. CONCLUSION. Dermoscopic features of subcorneal hematomas may be similar to those observed in acral melanocytic lesions. Nevertheless, in most cases the correct diagnosis can be facilitated by the presence of a red-black homogeneous pigmentation, often combined with satellite globules. A positive scratch test may be considered as an additional diagnostic clue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1229-1232
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery

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