Shiny white blotches and strands

From dermoscopedia

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 Editor: Ralph P. Braun

 Author(s): Ralph P. Braun     ·  Oriol Yélamos
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Description This chapter describes histopathological correlation of shiny white blotches and strandsWhite structures in the form of circles, oval structures, or large structureless areas that are bright-white longer and less well defined lines oriented parallel or distributed haphazardly, or forming blotches (shiny white clods). Seen only under polarized dermoscopy.
Author(s) Ralph P. Braun · Oriol Yélamos
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Shiny white blotches are small to large white homogenous areas. Strands are parallel and linear white areas that usually do not intersect (Liebman et al., 2012). The exact histopathological correlate is unknown, but they seem to correspond to dermal fibrosis. The combined presence of shiny white blotches and strands is associated with a high diagnostic specificityThis glossary term has not yet been described. for nonpigmented BCCAbbreviation for Basal Cell Carcinoma (Navarrete-Dechent et al., 2016).