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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 Sep;63(3):377-86; quiz 387-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.11.697.

How to diagnose nonpigmented skin tumors: a review of vascular structures seen with dermoscopy: part II. Nonmelanocytic skin tumors.

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Division of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria. iris.zalaudek@meduni-graz.at

Abstract

Nonmelanoma skin cancer refers to a broad class of tumors, including actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma, and as a group these are the most frequent cancers occurring in light skinned humans. In contrast to the rarity of amelanotic melanoma, nonmelanoma skin cancer commonly lacks pigmentation. Although these tumors rarely cause death related to metastases, they commonly destroy underlying tissues and should be removed at the earliest possible stage. Dermoscopy improves the clinical diagnosis of nonpigmented skin tumors by allowing the visualization of specific vascular structures that are usually not visible to the naked eye. Dermoscopic vascular patterns of several nonmelanocytic nonpigmented skin tumors, such as sebaceous hyperplasia, seborrheic keratosis, clear cell acanthoma, Bowen disease, or nodular cystic basal cell carcinoma are highly specific, allowing a ready diagnosis in most cases. Others, such as actinic keratosis, pyogenic granuloma, or uncommon adnexal tumors, may be difficult to differentiate even with the aid of dermoscopy. For this reason, general guidelines have been established to assist in making the most appropriate management decision. In the second part of this review of dermoscopic vascular structures of nonpigmented skin tumors, the dermoscopic patterns associated with benign and malignant nonmelanocytic skin tumors and recommendations for the management of these tumors will be discussed.

PMID:
20708470
DOI:
10.1016/j.jaad.2009.11.697
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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