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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2016 October;151(5):530-4

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Dermoscopy as an adjuvant tool for the diagnosis and management of basal cell carcinoma

Antonella FABIANO 1, Giuseppe ARGENZIANO 2, Caterina LONGO 3, Elvira MOSCARELLA 3, Francesca SPECCHIO 3, Aimilios LALLAS 3

1 Unit of Dermatology, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy; 2 Unit of Dermatology, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy; 3 Skin Cancer Unit, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia, Italy


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The list of dermoscopic criteria associated with basal cell carcinoma (BCC) have been several times updated and renewed. Up to date, dermoscopy has been shown to increase diagnostic and therapeutic accuracy, since provides valuable information about histopathologic subtype, a more accurate assessment of the true extension of tumor, the presence of pigmentation not visible to the naked eye and the treatment choice for BCC. In the current review, we provide an update of the traditional and latest knowledges on the value of dermatoscopy for the diagnosis and management of BCC.

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