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Am J Clin Pathol. 1982 Sep;78(3):311-5.

Fluorescence of melanoma cells. A useful diagnostic tool.


Fluorescence seen in unstained sections from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue from cases of malignant melanoma was studied. Fourteen of 16 primary cutaneous melanomas and six of eight metastatic melanomas were positive for yellow-green fluorescence. Four of 15 nevocellular nevi were also positive. Various other cutaneous tumors examined were completely negative. This fluorescence, which can be easily demonstrated, may be used as a valuable ancillary diagnostic test for differentiating melanoma cells from other cutaneous tumor cells.

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