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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2012 April;147(2):149-59

language: English

Dermoscopic criteria and melanocytic lesions

Roldán-Marín R. 1, Puig S. 1, 2, 3, Malvehy J. 1, 2, 3

1 Diagnosis Dermatologica, Barcelona, Spain;
2 Melanoma Unit, Dermatology Department, Barcelona Clinic Hospital, Barcelona, Spain:
3 CIBER of Rare Diseases, Carlos III Health Institute, Barcelona, Spain


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Dermoscopy is a noninvasive, in vivo method for the early diagnosis of malignant melanoma and the differential diagnosis of pigmented lesions of the skin. By allowing visualization of sub-macroscopic pigmented structures that correlate with specific underlying histopathologic structures, dermoscopy provides a more powerful tool than the naked-eye examination for clinicians to determine the need to excise a lesion. This article reviews the principles of dermoscopy, the most common dermoscopic patterns associated with nevi and melanoma, and the factors influencing the nevus pattern in a given individual.

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