Terminology for vessel morphology and arrangement

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Descriptive term Metaphoric termThis glossary term has not yet been described. Definition Significance†
Vessel morphologyThis glossary term has not yet been described.
dotted vesselstiny pinpoint vessels flat melanocytic lesions inflammatory diseases Bowen disease tiny pinpoint vesselsThis glossary term has not yet been described. flat melanocyticThis glossary term has not yet been described. lesions inflammatory diseases BowenThis glossary term has not yet been described. disease
clod vesselsred-purple lacunes More or less sharply demarcated roundish or oval areas with a reddish red-bluish maroon or dark-red to black coloration separated from each other by intervening stroma without vessels inside the lacunae. hemangioma red-purple lacunesMore or less sharply demarcated roundish or oval areas with a reddish red-bluish maroon or dark-red to black coloration separated from each other by intervening stroma without vessels inside the lacunae. hemangioma More or less sharply demarcated roundish or oval areas with a reddish red-bluish maroon or dark-red to black coloration separated from each other by intervening stroma without vessels inside the lacunaeThis glossary term has not yet been described.. hemangioma
linear vesselsLinear mildly curved vessels considered irregular when different sizes shapes and curves with a haphazard or random distribution are presented and considered regular when short and fine (thin) linear vessels prevail various diagnoses Linear mildly curved vesselscomma vessels linear curved short vessels considered irregular when different sizes shapes and curves with a haphazard or random distribution are presented and considered regular when short and fine (thin) linear vessels prevail various diagnoses
coiled vesselsglomerular vessels tightly coiled vessels resembling the glomerular apparatus of the kidney Bowen disease glomerular vesselsThis glossary term has not yet been described. tightly coiled vessels resembling the glomerular apparatus of the kidney Bowen disease
looped vesselsmetaphoric term: hairpin vessels <br />

two parallel linear vessels forming a half looped or hairpin like structure <br /> seen in seborrheic keratosis viral warts

hairpin vessels two parallel linear vessels forming a half looped or hairpin like structure seborrheic keratosisThis glossary term has not yet been described. viral wartsThis glossary term has not yet been described.
serpentine vesselslinear irregular linear vessels with multiple bends flat BCC melanoma linear irregularlinear vessels with multiple bends vessels linear vessels with multiple bends flat BCC melanomaThis glossary term has not yet been described.
helical vesselscorkscrew twisted looped vessels with bends twisted along a central axis melanoma metastasis corkscrew vesselstwisted looped vessels with bends twisted along a central axis melanoma metastasis twisted looped vessels with bends twisted along a central axis melanoma metastasis
curved vessels comma vesselslinear curved short vessels dermal nevi linear curved short vessels dermal neviThis glossary term has not yet been described.
monomorphous vesselsone type of vessel dominates various diagnoses one type of vessel dominates various diagnoses
polymorphous vesselsmultiple types of vessels are present may indicate malignancy in appropriate context for example in flat melanocytic lesions multiple types of vessels are present may indicate malignancy in appropriate context for example in flat melanocytic lesions
Descriptive term Metaphoric term Definition Significance†
Vessel arrangementThis glossary term has not yet been described.
radial vesselscrown vessels Radial serpentine or arborizing vessels at the periphery of the lesion that radiate towards the center but do not cross the midline od the lesion. sebaceous hyperplasia crown vesselsRadial serpentine or arborizing vessels at the periphery of the lesion that radiate towards the center but do not cross the midline od the lesion. sebaceous hyperplasia Radial serpentine or arborizing vesselsanalytic term is branched vessels; Bright red sharply in focus large or thick diameter vessels dividing into smaller vessels; BCC at the periphery of the lesion that radiate towards the center but do not cross the midline od the lesion. sebaceous hyperplasiaThis glossary term has not yet been described.
serpiginous vesselsstring of perls Coiled or dotted vessels arranged in lines clear cell acanthoma string of perlsCoiled or dotted vessels arranged in lines clear cell acanthoma Coiled or dotted vessels arranged in linesstreaks clear cell acanthomaThis glossary term has not yet been described.
branched vesselsarborizing vessels Bright red sharply in focus large or thick diameter vessels dividing into smaller vessels BCC arborizing vessels Bright red sharply in focus large or thick diameter vessels dividing into smaller vessels BCC
clustered vesselsCoiled or glomerular vessels arranged in groups Bowen disease Coiled or glomerular vessels arranged in groups Bowen disease
centered dots vesselstargetoid vessels red dots (vessels) in the center of hypopigmented space between reticular lines congenital melanocytic nevus targetoid vesselsanalytic term: centered dots vessels <br />

red dots (vessels) in the center of hypopigmented space between reticular lines <br /> congenital melanocytic nevus

red dots (vessels) in the center of hypopigmented space between reticular linespigment network melanocytic lesions dermatofibroma solar lentigo congenital melanocytic nevusThis glossary term has not yet been described.


† Significance of vascular structuresThis glossary term has not yet been described. depend on the context and is generally weaker than for pigmented structures




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