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    Aplasia Cutis Congenita: Trichoscopy Findings.
    Int J Trichology 2016 Oct-Dec;8(4):184-185
    Department of Dermatology, Marília's Medical School, FAMEMA, Brazil.
    Aplasia cutis congenita (ACC) is a rare disorder characterized by localized absence of skin that most commonly affects the scalp. We present a case of ACC in a 45-day-old girl and the dermoscopic findings. Dermoscopy has shown to be an easy, fast and useful method for the diagnosis of this condition. Read More

    Idiosyncratic Findings in Trichoscopy of Tinea Capitis: Comma, Zigzag Hairs, Corkscrew, and Morse Code-like Hair.
    Int J Trichology 2016 Oct-Dec;8(4):180-183
    Department of Dermatology, Independent Researcher, Libya.
    Dermoscopy is a method of growing significance in the diagnoses of dermatological pigmented skin diseases. However, in my case, mycology culture was negative and successful treatment was given on the basis of trichoscopy and wood lamp examination. I hereby describe a young boy with tinea capitis, multiple "comma hairs" and "zigzag hair" and a subtle additional feature "Morse code-like hair" when intensification was applied. Read More

    Linear and Bilateral Multinucleated Cell Angiohistiocytoma (MCAH).
    J Dermatol Case Rep 2016 Dec 31;10(4):58-61. Epub 2016 Dec 31.
    Dermatology Unit, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy.
    Background: Multinucleated Cell Angiohistiocytoma (MCAH) is a rare disease, first described by Smith and Wilson Jones in 1985. Since then, less than 100 cases have been reported in the literature. Clinically it is characterized by papules or plaques arising from a specific anatomical area such as lower extremities, dorsum of the hands and face. Read More

    Oral pigmentations in physiologic conditions, post inflammatory affections and systemic diseases.
    G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2017 Apr 19. Epub 2017 Apr 19.
    Dermatology, Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy -
    Melanocytes are found throughout the oral mucosa but usually go unnoticed because of their relatively low level of pigment production. When focally or generally active in pigment production or proliferation they may be responsible for several affections in the oral mucosae ranging from physiologic pigmentation, systemic diseases to malignant neoplasms. The diagnosis of oral pigmentations (OP) is usually challenging for the physician, but a careful examination of the oral cavity may reveal the first manifestation of underlying systemic diseases. Read More

    Analysis of an electrical impedance spectroscopy system in short-term digital dermoscopy imaging of melanocytic lesions.
    Br J Dermatol 2017 Apr 19. Epub 2017 Apr 19.
    melanoma institute australia, 40 rocklands road, north shore, New South Wales, Australia.
    Background: Electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that measures tissue impedance.

    Objectives: This prospective study, conducted at 2 centres in Australia, aimed to evaluate the effect of adding an EIS measurement at baseline to suspicious melanocytic lesions undergoing routine short-term sequential digital dermoscopy imaging (SDDI) METHODS: Patients presented with suspicious melanocytic lesions that were eligible for short-term SDDI (with no clear feature of melanoma on dermoscopy). The EIS measurement was performed at the first visit following the dermoscopic photography. Read More

    Lava lake structure and cloud-like structureless area: new clues for diagnosing extramammary Paget disease.
    J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2017 Apr 17. Epub 2017 Apr 17.
    Department of Dermatology, Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East, Tokyo, Japan.
    Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is a rare malignant skin neoplasm mostly found in the genital area. Its clinical and histopathological features are similar to mammary Paget disease. The clinical differential diagnosis includes various skin diseases. Read More

    Surgical suturing-induced melanocytic nevi. A new type of eruptive melanocytic nevi?
    J Dermatol Case Rep 2016 Nov 30;10(3):49-52. Epub 2016 Nov 30.
    2nd Department of Dermatology and Venereology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School, "Attikon" University General Hospital, 1 Rimini str, 12462, Chaidari, Athens, Greece.
    Background: Nevogenesis is a complex process involving several pathogenetic mechanisms, including genetic factors, hormonal influences and UV-radiation. Trauma has been described as a triggering factor for an alternative pathway of nevogenesis. Eruptive melanocytic nevi (EMN), related either to immunosuppression or to blistering disorders, represent a special type of nevi probably induced by the disruption of the dermo-epidermal junction and consequent proliferation of quiescent pigment cells during re-epithelization. Read More

    Dermoscopic characteristics of melanoma according to the criteria "ulceration" and "mitotic rate" of the AJCC 2009 staging system for melanoma.
    PLoS One 2017 11;12(4):e0174871. Epub 2017 Apr 11.
    Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.
    Objective: The present study was conducted to identify possible dermoscopic patterns, associated with mitotic rate > 1/mm2, histological ulceration in melanoma and metastatic disease.

    Methods: For this retrospective data analysis all clinical and dermoscopic digital images of primary malignant melanomas between 2008 and 2013 documented at the Department of Dermatology Graz were included, using the internal image data-base. 550 patients with 559 melanomas were included. Read More

    Dermoscopic features of periungual papules in Multicentic Reticulohistiocytosis Dermoscopy in Multicentic Reticulohistiocytosis.
    J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2017 Apr 6. Epub 2017 Apr 6.
    Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Medical University of Gdansk, Gdańsk, Poland.
    A 66-year-old woman was diagnosed with MRH based on clinical and histopathological findings. The disease had started 6 months before with arthralgia of the right shoulder joint and symmetric xanthelasma on the palpebrae. One month later symmetric, bilateral arthralgia affecting most of the proximal and distal intraphalangeal joints of both hands have occurred. Read More

    The opinion of dermoscopy experts about teledermoscopy involving primary care physicians and dermatologists.
    J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2017 Apr 5. Epub 2017 Apr 5.
    Department of Dermatology, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands.
    Many dermatologists use teledermoscopy to seek second advice from experts for difficult lesions. Teledermoscopy by primary care physicians (PCP) is still controversial but already has been implemented in several regions. Since there are only few studies published about teledermoscopy in the hand of PCP with poor level of evidence we asked the opinion of dermoscopy experts (board members of the International Dermoscopy Society (IDS)). Read More

    Degos disease, not just a scar: lethal outcome inspite of immunomodulatory therapy.
    J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2017 Mar 29. Epub 2017 Mar 29.
    Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Salamanca, Spain.
    Degos disease (DD) or papulosis atrophicans maligna, is an extremely infrequent thrombotic microangiopathy of unknown etiology((1)) . Clinically, it is characterized by small erythematous papules with an atrophic center that may simulate a simple scar and distinct histopathological feature that is not always present. Due to the rarity of this entity, diagnosis may go unnoticed with the first onset of cutaneous lesions. Read More

    An Open-Label Evaluator Blinded Study of the Efficacy and Safety of a New Nutritional Supplement in Androgenetic Alopecia: A Pilot Study.
    J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2017 Feb 1;10(2):52-56. Epub 2017 Feb 1.
    Department of Dermatology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, Miami, Florida;; Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center, Miami Beach, Florida.
    Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of a novel oral supplement, Forti5(®), containing green tea extract, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, cholecalciferol, melatonin, beta-sitosterol, and soy isoflavones, and in the management of subjects with androgenetic alopecia. Design: A prospective case series of 10 subjects. Setting: Open-label, evaluator-blinded, proof-of-concept study. Read More

    Efficacy of a film-forming medical device containing sunscreen (50+) and piroxicam 0.8% in actinic keratosis and field cancerization: a multicenter, assessor-blinded, 3 month trial.
    Curr Med Res Opin 2017 Apr 20:1-5. Epub 2017 Apr 20.
    g Solo Practice , Milan , Italy.
    Introduction: Sunscreen protection in subjects with actinic keratosis (AK) is highly recommended to prevent clinical evolution of this in situ skin cancer condition. Use of topical anti-cyclooxygenase drugs such as diclofenac and piroxicam reduces the number of lesions and improves the cancerization field. A film-forming medical device in a cream formulation containing organic and inorganic sun-filters (50+ SPF) and piroxicam 0. Read More

    Dermoscopic Clues for Diagnosing Melanomas That Resemble Seborrheic Keratosis.
    JAMA Dermatol 2017 Mar 29. Epub 2017 Mar 29.
    Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria.
    Importance: Melanomas that clinically mimic seborrheic keratosis (SK) can delay diagnosis and adequate treatment. However, little is known about the value of dermoscopy in recognizing these difficult-to-diagnose melanomas.

    Objective: To describe the dermoscopic features of SK-like melanomas to understand their clinical morphology. Read More

    [Comparative evaluation of dermoscopy and capillaroscopy in Raynaud's phenomenon].
    Ann Dermatol Venereol 2017 Mar 23. Epub 2017 Mar 23.
    Service de dermatologie, CHU de Besançon, 3, boulevard Fleming, 25000 Besançon, France.
    Objective: Raynaud's phenomenon (RP) is a common cause for consultation. Capillaroscopy is a well-established technique to detect capillary abnormalities suggestive of a connective tissue disease, but it is sometimes unavailable. The aim of this study was to compare dermoscopy and capillaroscopy in the assessment of RP. Read More

    Correlation between digital epiluminescence microscopy parameters and histopathological changes in lentigo maligna and solar lentigo: A dermoscopic index for the diagnosis of lentigo maligna.
    J Am Acad Dermatol 2017 Feb 26;76(2):234-243. Epub 2016 Oct 26.
    Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico, Fondazione Luigi Maria Monti (IRCCS-FLMM), Rome, Italy.
    Background: The clinical and dermoscopic differentiation between lentigo maligna (LM) and solar lentigo (SL)/initial seborrheic keratosis (SK) may be difficult.

    Objective: Our aim was to identify digital epiluminescence microscopy (DELM)-specific criteria that can be helpful in distinguishing LM from SL/SK and to propose a new model of LM dermoscopic progression based on a study of DELM-histopathological correlation.

    Methods: A total of 167 consecutive doubtful pigmented lesions of the head (105 LM and 62 SL/SK) were studied. Read More

    Dermoscopic Findings of an Unusual Acral Nevus on the Hand of a Child.
    Pediatr Dermatol 2017 Mar 20. Epub 2017 Mar 20.
    Department of Dermatology, Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn, New York.
    Distinguishing benign acral nevi from small early acral melanomas may be challenging in certain cases. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive imaging technique that can help clinicians better visualize deeper lesion structures and thus more easily differentiate benign nevi from melanoma. We report the case of a 13-year-old girl with a changing dark brown to black macule with a central papular component on the volar surface of the right third finger. Read More

    Porokeratosis simulating Bowen's disease on dermoscopy.
    An Bras Dermatol 2016 Sep-Oct;91(5 suppl 1):119-121
    Universidade de Pernambuco (UPE) - Recife (PE), Brazil.
    Porokeratosis is a disorder of epidermal keratinization characterized by the presence of annular hyperkeratotic plaques. Its etiopathogenesis is not yet fully understood, but a relationship with immunosuppression has been reported. Dermoscopic examination revealed a classic yellowish-white ring-like structure that resembled "volcanic crater contour" - the so-called cornoid lamella. Read More

    Multiple cutaneous melanomas associated with gastric and brain metastases.
    An Bras Dermatol 2016 Sep-Oct;91(5 suppl 1):98-100
    Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) - Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Brazil.
    The occurrence of multiple primary melanomas in a single individual is rare. Most commonly, malignant melanocytic lesions subsequent to the initial diagnosis of melanoma are secondary cutaneous metastases. We report a patient with gastrointestinal bleeding from gastric metastasis of cutaneous melanoma. Read More

    Alopecia areata.
    Nat Rev Dis Primers 2017 Mar 16;3:17011. Epub 2017 Mar 16.
    Department of Dermatology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
    Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder characterized by transient, non-scarring hair loss and preservation of the hair follicle. Hair loss can take many forms ranging from loss in well-defined patches to diffuse or total hair loss, which can affect all hair-bearing sites. Patchy alopecia areata affecting the scalp is the most common type. Read More

    Dermoscopic features of livedoid vasculopathy.
    Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Mar;96(11):e6284
    aDepartment of Dermatology, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University bDepartment of Dermatology, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital cDepartment of Dermatology, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Kaohsiung dDepartment of Otolaryngology, Chi Mei Medical Center eCenter of General education, Southern Taiwan University of Technology, Tainan City fDepartment of Otolaryngology, School of Medicine, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.
    Livedoid vasculopathy (atrophie blanche) is a form of thrombotic vasculopathy. It is characterized by small ulcers that become crusted, and heal after several months to produce white atrophic scars. The most commonly affected sites are the lower legs, in particular the dorsum of the feet and ankles. Read More

    [The role of dermoscopy in the diagnosis of basosquamous carcinoma].
    Pan Afr Med J 2016 21;25:252. Epub 2016 Dec 21.
    Département d'Anatomo-pathologie, CHU Hassan II, Fès, Maroc.
    Basosquamous carcinoma (BSC) is a rare skin cancer which has areas of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and a transition zone between them. However, dermoscopic features of BSC are not well described in the literature, except for two studies. The aim of this case study was to better identify and clarify the role of dermoscopy in the diagnosis of BSC, although histological confirmation is necessary. Read More

    Comparison of dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy for the diagnosis of malignant skin tumours: a meta-analysis.
    J Cancer Res Clin Oncol 2017 Mar 13. Epub 2017 Mar 13.
    Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Tropical Disease Research, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Southern Medical University, 1838 Guangzhou North Road, Guangzhou, 510515, China.
    Purpose: Dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) are non-invasive methods for diagnosis of malignant skin tumours. The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of dermoscopy and RCM for the diagnosis of malignant skin tumours.

    Methods: Systematic electronic literature searches were conducted to include PubMed, Medline, Embase, the Cochrane Library database, and Web of Science, up to 26 April 2016. Read More

    A study of dermoscopic features of nail psoriasis.
    Postepy Dermatol Alergol 2017 Feb 7;34(1):28-35. Epub 2017 Feb 7.
    Department of Dermatology, Ankara Numune Research and Education Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.
    Introduction: Dermoscopy is a non-invasive imaging method that enables the evaluation of pigmented and non-pigmented skin lesions. More recently, dermoscopy has been recognized as an effective tool in the diagnosis of nail diseases.

    Aim: To evaluate the dermoscopic features of nail psoriasis and to assess the relationship between these features and disease severity. Read More

    Differentiation of pityriasis rubra pilaris from plaque psoriasis by dermoscopy.
    Arch Dermatol Res 2017 May 9;309(4):311-314. Epub 2017 Mar 9.
    Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt.
    Pityriasis rubra pilaris (PRP) and plaque psoriasis (PP) are two distinctive erythemato-squamous skin diseases that often have to be differentiated from each other and from other similar dermatoses. Dermoscopy has been proven to aid the clinical diagnosis of several inflammatory disorders, minimizing the need for skin biopsy. Our aim was to determine the dermoscopic patterns of PRP compared to PP and to assess the significance of certain dermoscopic criteria in the diagnosis of PRP. Read More

    Optoacoustic Dermoscopy of the Human Skin: Tuning Excitation Energy for Optimal Detection Bandwidth with Fast and Deep Imaging in vivo.
    IEEE Trans Med Imaging 2017 Mar 1. Epub 2017 Mar 1.
    Optoacoustic (photoacoustic) dermoscopy offers two principal advantages over conventional optical imaging applied in dermatology. First, it yields high-resolution cross-sectional images of the skin at depths not accessible to other non-invasive optical imaging methods. Second, by resolving absorption spectra at multiple wavelengths, it enables label-free three-dimensional visualization of morphological and functional features. Read More

    Mobile teledermatology for skin cancer screening: A diagnostic accuracy study.
    Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Mar;96(10):e6278
    aInstitute of primary care, University and University Hospital of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland bDepartment of Dermatology, University and University Hospital of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
    Skin cancer screening has undoubted potential to reduce cancer-specific morbidity and mortality. Total-body exams remain the prevailing concept of skin cancer screening even if effectiveness and value of this method are controversial. Meanwhile, store and forward teledermatology was shown to be a reliable instrument for several diagnostic purposes mostly in specialized dermatology settings. Read More

    A deep bag-of-features model for the classification of melanomas in dermoscopy images.
    Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2016 Aug;2016:1369-1372
    Deep learning and unsupervised feature learning have received great attention in past years for their ability to transform input data into high level representations using machine learning techniques. Such interest has been growing steadily in the field of medical image diagnosis, particularly in melanoma classification. In this paper, a novel application of deep learning (stacked sparse auto-encoders) is presented for skin lesion classification task. Read More

    Multi-scale classification based lesion segmentation for dermoscopic images.
    Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2016 Aug;2016:1361-1364
    This paper presents a robust segmentation method based on multi-scale classification to identify the lesion boundary in dermoscopic images. Our proposed method leverages a collection of classifiers which are trained at various resolutions to categorize each pixel as "lesion" or "surrounding skin". In detection phase, trained classifiers are applied on new images. Read More

    Diagnosing malignant melanoma in ambulatory care: a systematic review of clinical prediction rules.
    BMJ Open 2017 Mar 6;7(3):e014096. Epub 2017 Mar 6.
    HRB Centre for Primary Care Research, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2, Ireland.
    Objectives: Malignant melanoma has high morbidity and mortality rates. Early diagnosis improves prognosis. Clinical prediction rules (CPRs) can be used to stratify patients with symptoms of suspected malignant melanoma to improve early diagnosis. Read More

    [Frontal fibrosing alopecia: A prospective study of 20 cases].
    Ann Dermatol Venereol 2017 Feb 28. Epub 2017 Feb 28.
    Centre d'anatomopathologie Hassane, Rabat, Maroc.
    Background: Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a variant of lichen planopilaris predominantly affecting postmenopausal women. We report a series of 20 cases of FFA and describe the epidemiological, clinical, dermoscopic features and progress under treatment.

    Patients And Methods: This was a prospective study conducted over a period of 16 months in patients seen at the dermatology department of the Hassan II University in Fez, Morocco. Read More

    Intraoperative dermoscopic features of onychomatricoma: a review of 10 cases.
    Clin Exp Dermatol 2017 Feb 28. Epub 2017 Feb 28.
    Department of Dermatology, Centre Hospitalier Lyon-Sud, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon, France.
    Background: Amelanotic nail tumours are difficult to diagnose. Dermoscopy is an accessible tool successfully used in diagnosis of amelanotic or melanotic skin tumours. We have previously shown the usefulness of dermoscopy in the preoperative diagnosis of onychomatricoma (OM). Read More

    Primary cutaneous CD 30 (+) ALK (-) anaplastic large cell lymphoma with dermoscopic findings: a case report.
    Dermatol Pract Concept 2017 Jan 31;7(1):59-61. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    Second University of Naples, Department of Dermatology, Naples, Italy.
    Primary cutaneous CD 30 (+) anaplastic large cell lymphoma (PCALCL) is a rare and indolent type of cutaneous T cell lymphoma, which usually presents as an asymptomatic solitary firm nodule that rapidly grows and often ulcerates without any systemic involvement. A 64-year-old female presented to our outpatient clinic with a one-year history of multiple pink nodular lesions on the chest, back and gluteal regions. Dermoscopic examination of the nodular lesions revealed pink-to-yellow structureless areas and arborizing-to-polymorphous vessels. Read More

    Scabies escaping detection until dermoscopy was applied.
    Dermatol Pract Concept 2017 Jan 31;7(1):49-50. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    First Department of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.
    Dermoscopy is already considered a fairly established method for diagnosing scabies. This is because dermoscopy enables the visualization both of the burrow and the mite itself, forming the so-called "jet with a contrail" structure. In the present report we present an extraordinary case of a patient with scabies lesions on the face and neck, which was misdiagnosed during sequential visits and underwent unnecessary surgical diagnostic procedures. Read More

    Arborizing vessels in a targetoid hemosiderotic hemangioma: mistaken dermoscopic diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma.
    Dermatol Pract Concept 2017 Jan 31;7(1):43-47. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    Institute of Histopathology, Histonor, Antofagasta, Chile.
    Targetoid hemosiderotic hemangioma (THH) or hobnail hemangioma (HH) is a benign vascular lesion that presents with the classical clinical presentation of a ring-shaped tumor having a targetoid appearance, with a central purple-brown papule surrounded by a thin pale area and an ecchymotic ring on the outside. Dermoscopic features and patterns of HH have been documented and have proven to be sufficient to establish a clinical diagnosis in many cases. We present a facial lesion in which both the clinical presentation and dermoscopy were atypical. Read More

    Proposal for management and dermoscopy follow-up of nevi in patients affected by oculocutaneous albinism type Ia.
    Dermatol Pract Concept 2017 Jan 31;7(1):39-42. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    Dermatology Department, School of Medicine, Instituto de Investigaciones Médicas "A. Lanari", University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Albino patients are at great risk for developing cutaneous neoplasms, including melanomas. In this paper we describe the dermatoscopic findings of nevi in two patients with oculocutaneous albinism type Ia (OCA-Ia) highlighting that they manifest a vascular pattern similar to that described for amelanotic melanoma. We propose managing these patients with dermoscopy, using the comparative approach, digital follow up (DFU), and reflectance confocal microscopy as a complementary tool for difficult cases. Read More

    Usefulness of dermoscopy in the diagnosis and monitoring treatment of demodicidosis.
    Dermatol Pract Concept 2017 Jan 31;7(1):35-38. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    Dermatology Department, Instituto de Investigaciones Médicas "A. Lanari", University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Demodicidosis is a common infestation and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of recurrent or recalcitrant perioral dermatitis or rosacea-like eruptions of the face. We report on a 34-year-old male, who presented with facial erythema and desquamation accompanied by a pruritic sensation. Dermoscopic examination revealed Demodex tails and Demodex follicular openings, both specific features of this entity. Read More

    Pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta in skin of color: new observations by dermoscopy.
    Dermatol Pract Concept 2017 Jan 31;7(1):27-34. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    Department of Dermatology, S. Nijalingappa Medical College, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India.
    Background: Pityriasis lichenoides is an uncommon skin disease that presents in three different forms: pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta (PLEVA), pityriasis lichenoides chronica (PLC) and febrile ulceronecrotic-Mucha-Habermann disease. These represent a spectrum of a disease. PLEVA presents as skin eruption of multiple, small, red papules that develop into polymorphic lesions with periods of varying remissions, as well as possible sequels of hyper/hypopigmentation and varicella-like scars. Read More

    Dermascope Use by Osteopathic Primary Care Physicians.
    J Am Osteopath Assoc 2017 Mar;117(3):158-164
    Context: Osteopathic physicians (ie, DOs) in primary care may play a critical role in the early detection of skin cancer. Dermoscopy improves diagnostic accuracy; however, its use among primary care DOs remains understudied.

    Objectives: To document dermascope use among DOs in primary care, to examine physician and practice characteristics associated with having used and having heard of a dermascope, and to examine the barriers to dermascope use. Read More

    The significance of blue color in dermatoscopy.
    J Dtsch Dermatol Ges 2017 Mar 27;15(3):302-307. Epub 2017 Feb 27.
    Department of Dermatology, Division of General Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria.
    Background And Objectives: Skin lesions with blue color are frequently excised to rule out malignancy. The objective of the present study was to investigate the significance of blue color.

    Methods: We retrospectively scanned dermatoscopic images for blue color and classified them according to pattern analysis. Read More

    "Sky Full of Stars" Pattern: Dermoscopic Findings in a Desmoplastic Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus.
    Pediatr Dermatol 2017 Feb 27. Epub 2017 Feb 27.
    Department of Dermatology, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocio, Sevilla, Spain.
    Desmoplastic giant congenital melanocytic nevus (DGCN) is an uncommon variant of congenital nevus, presenting as a progressive induration and hypopigmentation of the lesion that occasionally causes hair loss and even total or partial disappearance of the nevus. A 6-month-old girl with a giant congenital melanocytic nevus that involved the entire posterior side of the right thigh was seen in our department. Nine months later, the peripheral area of the nevus presented as a marked induration with hypopigmentation. Read More

    Dermoscopic Findings of Scalp Aplasia Cutis Congenita.
    Skin Appendage Disord 2017 Jan 8;2(3-4):177-179. Epub 2016 Dec 8.
    Hair and Scalp Diseases, Outpatient Clinic, Division of Dermatology, Santa Casa de Misericórdia, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
    Aplasia cutis congenita (ACC) is a rare disease characterized by congenital absence of skin, affecting preferentially the scalp. Diagnosis is made clinically; however, recent studies have shown that dermoscopy can be a useful tool for the diagnosis and differentiation from sebaceous nevus. The clinical findings include a shiny atrophic alopecic patch associated with dermoscopic findings of absent follicular openings, thicker vessels and a distinct collar hypertrichosis. Read More

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