Paradigmatic cases of pigmented lesions: How to not miss melanoma

Francesca Farnetani, Alon Scope, Valeria Coco, Stefania Guida, Anna Maria Cesinaro, Simonetta Piana, Ketty Peris, Giovanni Pellacani, Caterina Longo

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Abstract

A large number of cases of melanoma exhibit clinical and dermoscopic clues leading to the correct diagnosis; however, sometimes melanoma can mimic benign melanocytic and non-melanocytic lesions. We present a small series of melanomas in which additional clues provided by confocal microscopy increased the index of suspicion and prompted us to perform an excisional biopsy. Practical rules that are useful in difficult-to-diagnose melanomas are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1433-1437
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dermatology
Volume43
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Confocal microscopy
  • Dermoscopy
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Melanoma
  • Practical rules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Farnetani, F., Scope, A., Coco, V., Guida, S., Cesinaro, A. M., Piana, S., Peris, K., Pellacani, G., & Longo, C. (2016). Paradigmatic cases of pigmented lesions: How to not miss melanoma. Journal of Dermatology, 43(12), 1433-1437. https://doi.org/10.1111/1346-8138.13522