Elisa Benati

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BACKGROUND By dermoscopy, regression structures are substantially defined by the presence of white and blue areas in the lesion image. As fibrosis and melanosis are often seen in malignant melanoma (MM), the presence of dermoscopic signs of regression may represent a clue for the diagnosis of malignancy. OBJECTIVES To assess the frequency and extent of(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the frequency and the features of the dermoscopic island (DI) in melanocytic lesions and to assess its specificity for the diagnosis of melanoma. Dermoscopy improves the diagnostic accuracy of melanoma, but only a few dermoscopic descriptors specific for thin melanomas have been identified. We defined a new descriptor, the(More)
BACKGROUND Amelanotic melanoma represents a diagnostic challenge both clinically and dermoscopically. Few studies based on case series have explored the possibility of using reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) to diagnose amelanotic melanoma. OBJECTIVES To validate a new confocal feature, named hyporeflective pagetoid cells (HPCs), for the diagnosis of(More)
BACKGROUND Actinic Keratosis (AK) is the clinical manifestation of cutaneous dysplasia of epidermal keratinocytes, with progressive trend towards squamous cell carcinoma. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the strength of the correlation between keratinocyte atypia, as detected by Reflectance Confocal Microscopy (RCM) and histopathology, and to develop a more(More)
BACKGROUND Dermoscopically, one of the most common findings in melanocytic lesions is a globular pattern. A regular globular pattern is a common finding in naevi. Melanoma can also show a globular pattern, with globules typically irregular in size, colour and distribution. OBJECTIVES To investigate the likelihood of diagnosing melanoma according to(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Multiphoton microscopy (MPM) enables the assessment of unstained living biological tissue with submicron resolution, whereas fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) generates image contrast between different states of tissue characterized by various fluorescence decay rates. The aim of this study was to compare the healthy skin of(More)
Although no study has definitively shown that unfocused screening of skin cancer is effective, many campaigns have been organized with the aim of increasing awareness on melanoma risk factors. The objective of this study was to analyse the results of the Skin Cancer Screening Day in Italy during the period 2005-2007, to determine the priorities for melanoma(More)
Importance Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) improves diagnostic accuracy in skin cancer detection when combined with dermoscopy; however, little evidence has been gathered regarding its real impact on routine clinical workflow, and, to our knowledge, no studies have defined the terms for its optimal application. Objective To identify lesions on which(More)
BACKGROUND The presence of pigmentation might influence the management of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), with pigmented BCC responding poorly to certain treatments. Clinical studies report on a generally lower frequency of pigmentation compared with dermoscopic and histopathological studies, but the true frequency at which pigmentation occurs in clinically(More)