Therapeutic Strategies in Dermatology

Melanoma: Initial Evaluation

…red, purple). Nodular melanoma (NMM): Typically presents as a solitary nodule that arises from a pre-existing nevus or de novo. They may grow rapidly in thickness without radial spread (extension along the surface of the skin). Lentigo maligna melan…

A Clinical Atlas of 101 Common Skin Diseases

Preface

…yoses in the chapter devoted to that subject, and all kinds of sclerodermas in the chapter concerning those conditions, to mention but three examples of the breadth of sweep. Last, wherever a skin lesion—be it a cherry hemangioma, a Mieschers nevus,…

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology & Dermatopathology

Blue Nevus?

…n: Textbook of Dermatology. 5th ed. Oxford, England: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 1992:1538. “On the skin, three types of benign blue nevi are recognized: the common blue nevus, the cellular blue nevus, and the combined nevus. In additio…

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology & Dermatopathology

Nevus?

Strictly speaking, the term nevus denotes any congenital lesion of skin. Nevocellular nevus, however, refers to any congenital or acquired neoplasm of melanocytes.” Murphy GF, Mihm MC. The skin. In: Pathologic Basis of Disease. 6th ed…

Dermatology Practical & Conceptual

Melanoma arising in a giant nevus spilus maculosus

Abstract Melanoma arising in a nevus spilus is rare. There are two distinct types of nevus spilus characterized by macular or papular speckles, respectively. We report the case of a melanoma that arose in association with a giant nevus spilus maculo…

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology & Dermatopathology

Nevus Cells, Nevocytes, and Nevomelanocytes?

“A nevus (mole) is a benign neoplasm of pigment-forming cells, the nevus cell.” Lookingbill DP, Marks JG Jr. Principles of clinical diagnosis. In: Moschella SL, Hurley HJ, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Co., 19…

Dermatology Practical & Conceptual

Blue nevus with a starburst pattern on dermoscopy

…ent with a blue-gray papule approximately 4 mm in diameter. We suspected that it was a blue nevus or a pigmented Reed/Spitz nevus. On dermoscopic observation, the lesion showed homogeneous black-bluish pigmentation. This dermoscopic feature was sugge…

Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology & Dermatopathology

Malignant Spitz Nevus?

…turation in depth and less cohesion of cells than in the usual Spitz nevus.” Weedon D, Strutton G. Skin Pathology. 2nd ed. New York: Churchill-Livingstone, 2002. By definition, benign neoplasms are incapable of metastasis; only malignant neop…