Superficial Spreading Melanoma

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 Authored by: Aimilios Lallas

 Keywords:   superficial · spreading · melanoma · ssm · dermoscopy · criteria · abcd · polygons · irregular blotch · irregular dots
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Description DermoscopyDermoscopy is a non invasive diagnostic method. of superficialThis glossary term has not yet been described. spreadingThis glossary term has not yet been described. melanomaThis glossary term has not yet been described. (SSM)
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Dermoscopy significantly improves the sensitivity and specificity of clinicians for melanoma diagnosisThis glossary term has not yet been described..[1] The dual benefit of dermoscopyDermoscopy is a non invasive diagnostic method. lays on its potential to allow the detection of clinically inconspicuous melanomas, while enabling the recognition of benignThis glossary term has not yet been described. lesions that might look clinically worrisome, reducing, thus, the number of unnecessary excisions.[2]

MelanomaThis glossary term has not yet been described. becomes clinically recognizable at a certain progression pointThis glossary term has not yet been described., after acquiring one or more of the ABCD clinical criteriaThis glossary term has not yet been described.. At an earlier stage, melanoma is macroscopically undetectable, since it is small in size and symmetric in terms of shape and colorColor (American English) or colour (Commonwealth English) is the characteristic of human visual perception described through color categories, with names such as red, yellow, purple, or blue.. At such an early stage, dermoscopy often uncovers sub-macrosroscopic morphologic criteria that allow melanoma recognition.

The dermoscopic criteria of melanoma are a result of its asymmetric growth and vary among different subtypes of the disease. The main dermoscopic features seen in superficial spreading melanoma of the trunk and the extremities are: As a rule, dermoscopy of superficial spreading melanoma of the trunk and the extremities reveals asymmetry of shape, more than 2 colors (light brown, dark brown, black, blue, gray, red, white) and asymmetry of structures.[2][3] Furthermore, local dermoscopic features associated with melanoma are the following:


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In the real clinical setting, the dermoscopic diagnosis of melanoma is usually straight-forward, based on the immediate recognition of its morphologic asymmetry and/or a combination of the structures described above.[4][5][6] Obviously, the dermoscopic morphologyThis glossary term has not yet been described. of melanoma is less evident at an initial stage (melanoma in situThis glossary term has not yet been described./early invasive), where only 1 (or even none) of these features might be present. The most frequent criteria of melanoma in situ are atypical networkNetwork with increased variability in the color, thickness, and spacing of the lines of the network; asymmetrically distributed; gray color and regressionThis glossary term has not yet been described..[7]

As the tumor progresses, more dermoscopic criteria develop and the diagnosis is usually straight-forward, based on the immediate recognition of its morphologic asymmetry and a combination of the structures described above.[4][5][6] However, less morphologically evident melanomas do exist, and in such cases, an analytic approach of the lesion is required. The firstly introduced and more widely adopted method for analysing the morphology of a pigmented lesion is the so-called 2-step algorithmIn mathematics and computer science, an algorithm (Listeni/ˈælɡərɪðəm/ AL-gə-ri-dhəm) is a self-contained sequence of actions to be performed. Algorithms can perform calculation, data processing and automated reasoning tasks., but also other methods do exist.[2][8][9][10]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Argenziano et al.: Dermoscopy--the ultimate tool for melanoma diagnosis. Semin Cutan Med Surg 2009;28:142-8. PMID: 19782937. DOI.
  3. Babino et al.: Dermoscopy of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2015;150:507-19. PMID: 26184795.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Argenziano et al.: Epiluminescence microscopy for the diagnosis of doubtful melanocytic skin lesions. Comparison of the ABCD rule of dermatoscopy and a new 7-point checklist based on pattern analysis. Arch Dermatol 1998;134:1563-70. PMID: 9875194.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Argenziano et al.: Dermoscopy features of melanoma incognito: indications for biopsy. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2007;56:508-13. PMID: 17113189. DOI.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lallas et al.: Management rules to detect melanoma. Dermatology (Basel) 2013;226:52-60. PMID: 23485555. DOI.
  7. Argenziano et al.: Seven-point checklist of dermoscopy revisited. Br. J. Dermatol. 2011;164:785-90. PMID: 21175563. DOI.
  8. Nachbar et al.: The ABCD rule of dermatoscopy. High prospective value in the diagnosis of doubtful melanocytic skin lesions. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 1994;30:551-9. PMID: 8157780.
  9. Menzies et al.: Frequency and morphologic characteristics of invasive melanomas lacking specific surface microscopic features. Arch Dermatol 1996;132:1178-82. PMID: 8859028.
  10. Kittler H. Dermatoscopy: introduction of a new algorithmic method based on pattern analysis for diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions. Dermatopathology:Practical and Conceptual 2007