Perioperative confocal microscopy of the nail matrix in the management of in situ or minimally invasive subungual melanomas.

@article{Debarbieux2012PerioperativeCM,
  title={Perioperative confocal microscopy of the nail matrix in the management of in situ or minimally invasive subungual melanomas.},
  author={S{\'e}bastien Debarbieux and Val{\'e}rie Hospod and Lauriane Depaepe and Brigitte Balme and Nicolas Poulalhon and Luc Thomas},
  journal={The British journal of dermatology},
  year={2012},
  volume={167 4},
  pages={828-36}
}
BACKGROUND Although dermoscopy of the nail plate is helpful to discriminate between benign and malignant causes of nail pigmentations, there remain ambiguous cases in which a matricial biopsy is required. When a subungual melanoma is diagnosed histopathologically, a complementary surgical treatment is performed secondarily, the duration of postoperative disability being accordingly prolongated. OBJECTIVES The purpose of our study was to evaluate the feasibility of an intraoperative diagnosis… CONTINUE READING
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