Elvira Moscarella

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BACKGROUND Small-diameter melanocytic lesions represent a diagnostic challenge for clinicians, as they do not follow the ABCD rule for diagnosis and do not always display reliable histopathological criteria. OBJECTIVES To analyse the confocal features of small-diameter lesions (naevi and melanomas with diameter ≤ 5 mm) to determine whether they show(More)
In addition to its traditional use for the evaluation of skin tumors, dermoscopy continuously gains appreciation in other fields of dermatology. The patterns of several inflammatory and infectious skin diseases have already been described, and dermoscopy has been shown to improve the clinical diagnostic performance in the daily practice. The increasing use(More)
OBJECTIVE To subclassify acquired nevi by dermoscopic pattern. DESIGN Cross-sectional study with consecutive enrollment. SETTING Pigmented lesion clinics in referral academic medical centers. PARTICIPANTS Individuals older than 2 years undergoing total skin examination were consecutively recruited between October 1, 2008, and May 31, 2009, and, based(More)
BACKGROUND Fibroepithelioma of Pinkus (FeP) is a rare variant of basal cell carcinoma that may clinically mimic a number of benign skin tumors. While the dermoscopic features of basal cell carcinoma have been studied extensively, little is known about the dermoscopic features of FeP. OBSERVATIONS Retrospective evaluation of clinical records and digital(More)
BACKGROUND Lichen planopilaris (LPP) and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) are the most common causes of lymphocytic primary cicatricial alopecia. The management of scarring alopecia can be difficult. The combination of clinical, dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM), a noninvasive, high-resolution imaging technique, examinations have already(More)
BACKGROUND Dermoscopic classification of acquired melanocytic nevi (AMN) is based on the evaluation of 3 main criteria-global pattern, pigment distribution, and color. OBJECTIVE To determine whether these features are different in AMN in white people with different skin types (STs) according to the Fitzpatrick classification. DESIGN Digital dermoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND Scarce evidence exists on the dermoscopic pattern of psoriasis on specific body sites. OBJECTIVE To describe the dermoscopic characteristics of psoriatic plaques located on the scalp, face, folds, palms, soles and genitalia. METHODS Dermoscopic images of psoriatic lesions located on the aforementioned body sites were retrospectively evaluated(More)
Eccrine poroma (EP) may clinically mimic a number of benign and malignant skin tumors. Dermoscopy improves the clinical diagnosis of many pigmented and nonpigmented skin tumors, but to date little is known about the impact of dermoscopy in the diagnosis of EP. We report 2 patients with EP and discuss the diagnostic significance of the observed dermoscopic(More)
BACKGROUND Fluorescence confocal microscopy (FCM) is an emerging technology for rapid imaging of excised tissue, without the need for frozen- or fixed-section processing. Basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) can be detected in Mohs excisions although few studies have described the major BCC findings as seen on FCM. OBJECTIVES To describe the major BCC findings of(More)
BACKGROUND The current guidelines for the management of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) suggest a different therapeutic approach according to histopathologic subtype. Although dermatoscopic and confocal criteria of BCC have been investigated, no specific studies were performed to evaluate the distinct reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) aspects of BCC(More)