|Description||This chapter describes the dermoscopy correlation of globules|
|Responsible author||Oriol Yélamos → send e-mail|
|Status update||March 1, 2023|
|Status by||Ralph Braun|
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Definition[edit | edit source]
Globules are round to oval well-demarcated structures larger than 0.1mm. They can be aggregated or located along the periphery of a melanocytic lesion (Kittler et al., 2016a). On histologic evaluation brown or black globules correspond to nests of melanocytes located at the epidermis or DEJ.
Blue Globules[edit | edit source]
Blue globules represent melanocytic nests situated in the dermis .
White Globules[edit | edit source]
White globules correspond to melanocytes undergoing balloon cell changes .
Peripheral Globules[edit | edit source]
Distribution of globules is important: globules along the periphery of a melanocytic lesion reveal a horizontal growing phase, which can occur either in a growing nevus or in a superficial spreading melanoma.
Irregular Globules[edit | edit source]
In melanoma, globules vary in size, shape and color, and can be frequently found focally and irregularly at the periphery of the lesion .
Globules in BAP1-inactivated melanocytic tumors (BIMT, BAPOMA[edit | edit source]
However, irregular pigmented globules located eccentrically at the periphery of a raised, otherwise homogeneous melanocytic lesion may raise suspicion for a BAP1-inactivated melanocytic tumor (BIMT), also known as Wiesner nevus or “bapoma” .BIMT are a special subset of melanocytic lesions which have two components histologically: a more banal-looking population which corresponds to the globular component located at the periphery, plus an atypical spitzoid population which has a loss of expression of BAP1 and corresponds to the homogenous area of the lesion. Multiple BIMT have been associated with a cancer syndrome with increased risk for uveal melanoma, cutaneous melanoma, mesothelioma, renal cell carcinoma, among others (Wiesner et al., 2012, 2011).
- ↑ Yélamos et al.: Dermoscopy and dermatopathology correlates of cutaneous neoplasms. J Am Acad Dermatol 2019;80:341-363. PMID: 30321581. DOI.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Woltsche et al.: Abundance of the benign melanocytic universe: Dermoscopic-histopathological correlation in nevi. J. Dermatol. 2017;44:499-506. PMID: 28447347. DOI.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Jaimes et al.: White globules correlate with balloon cell nevi nests. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2011;65:e119-e120. PMID: 21920229. DOI.