Dermatoscopic pitfalls in differentiating pigmented Spitz naevi from cutaneous melanomas.

@article{Argenziano1999DermatoscopicPI,
  title={Dermatoscopic pitfalls in differentiating pigmented Spitz naevi from cutaneous melanomas.},
  author={Giuseppe Argenziano and Massimiliano Scalvenzi and Stefania Staibano and Beniamino Brunetti and Domenico Piccolo and Mario Delfino and Gaetano de Rosa and Hans Peter Soyer},
  journal={The British journal of dermatology},
  year={1999},
  volume={141 5},
  pages={788-93}
}
Epiluminescence microscopy (ELM, skin surface microscopy, dermoscopy, dermatoscopy) is a valuable method for improving the diagnostic accuracy in pigmented skin lesions. Specific ELM criteria are already recognized for differentiating pigmented Spitz naevi (PSN) from cutaneous melanomas (CM). Our purpose was to describe the ELM appearance of a series of PSN with emphasis on PSN and CM with overlapping features. Thirty-six consecutive patients with PSN, and three cases of CM (selected from a… CONTINUE READING