Angiosarcoma

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 Authored by: Pedro Zaballos     ·  Ignacio Gómez Martín

 Keywords:   angiosarcoma · vascular lesion
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Description DermoscopyThe examination of [skin lesions] with a 'dermatoscope'. This traditionally consists of a magnifier (typically x10), a non-polarised light source, a transparent plate and a liquid medium between the instrument and the skin, and allows inspection of skin lesions unobstructed by skin surface reflections. Modern dermatoscopes dispense with the use of liquid medium and instead use polarised light to cancel out skin surface reflections. of angiosarcomais a cancer of the inner lining of blood vessels, and it can occur in any area of the body. The disease most commonly occurs in the skin, breast, liver, spleen, and deep tissue.
Author(s) Pedro Zaballos · Ignacio Gómez Martín
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Aggressive neoplasm which is mainly divided into three variants: angiosarcoma of the head and scalp, lymphoedema-associated angiosarcoma and radiation-induced angiosarcoma. It is characterized by a tendency to metastasize to regional lymph nodes and lungs. Prognosis is poor. Clinically, early lesions develop as ill-defined violaceous to bluish areas with an indurated border and advanced lesions become elevated or nodular and occasionally ulcerated. Dermoscopy:[1]

  • Homogeneous patternA pattern lacking any definable pigment structures, structureless pattern with combinations of colorsThis glossary term has not yet been described. (i.e., whitish, pinkish, reddish, bluish, or violaceous)
  • White lines at the nodular parts.


  • Zalaudek et al.: Clinical, dermoscopic and histopathological features of spontaneous scalp or face and radiotherapy-induced angiosarcoma. Australas. J. Dermatol. 2013;54:201-7. PMID: 22943153. DOI.