Biopsy of the pigmented lesion--when and how.

  title={Biopsy of the pigmented lesion--when and how.},
  author={Kien T. Tran and Natalie A. Wright and Clay J. Cockerell},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology},
  volume={59 5},
The biopsy lies at the heart of the management of the suspected melanocytic neoplasm. Dermatologists are the ideal physicians to examine patients with suspect melanocytic lesions and an understanding of when and how to perform a biopsy is vital. Various algorithms have been formulated to allow for facilitation of the clinical examination, including the ABCDE rule, the Glasgow 7-point checklist, and the "ugly duckling" sign. Along with this, dermoscopy can increase the sensitivity of diagnosis… CONTINUE READING
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