Tape stripping

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 Authored by: Ralph P. Braun

 Keywords:   tape stripping · blotch
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Hypermelanotic neviThis glossary term has not yet been described. are benignis any condition that is harmless in the long run melanocyticThis glossary term has not yet been described. lesions of black 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., that are sometimes clinically suspicious for melanomaThis glossary term has not yet been described.. These nevi are usually characterized by a large amount of melanin in the stratum corneum (black lamella) usually in the center of the lesion (central blotchDark structureless areas). This renders the correct interpretation more difficultneeding much effort or skill to accomplish, especially when the melanin is irregularly distributed throughout the. Tape strippingThis glossary term has not yet been described. has been shown to remove the stratum corneum including superficialThis glossary term has not yet been described. structures of the lesion such as black dots and blotches [1]
Tape stripping using any type of sticky tape can solve the problem by removing the black lamella and by allowing the visualization of the typical dermoscopic features of reticular nevi (regular network) [2].  

  1. Guillod et al.: Epiluminescence videomicroscopy: black dots and brown globules revisited by stripping the stratum corneum. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 1997;36:371-7. PMID: 9091466.
  2. Babino et al.: Tape stripping: A very short-term follow-up procedure for suspicious black lesions. J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 2015;72:e151-2. PMID: 25981018. DOI.