Dermoscopy of naevi in patients with oculocutaneous albinism

A. N. Ramos*, N. Fraga-Braghiroli, J. G.R. Ramos, A. Scope, J. D. Fernandes

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Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) increases predisposition to skin malignancies. Nevertheless, the differential diagnosis between melanoma and naevi in patients with OCA is still challenging, because pigmentary lesions have rarely been described in this population. We aimed to describe the dermoscopic patterns of naevi in patients with OCA. We prospectively evaluated 83 naevi from 37 patients with OCA in a single centre in Brazil. Lesions were analysed by eye and by dermoscopy and were grouped by dermoscopic pattern. Eight main patterns were identified: homogeneous structureless pattern (n = 28; 33.7%), globular pattern (n = 27; 32.5%), reticular pattern (n = 8; 9.6%), peripheral reticular pattern with central hypopigmentation (n = 8; 9.6%), peripheral globules (n = 8; 9.6%), irregular brown globules with pink background (n = 2; 2.4%), reticular globular disorganized pattern (n = 1; 1.2%) and peripheral reticular globular with central hypopigmentation (n = 1; 1.2%). We found previously undescribed dermoscopic patterns in patients with OCA, in addition to confirming previously described patterns. These descriptions may help the understanding of pigmented naevi in patients with OCA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e196-e199
JournalClinical and Experimental Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2019


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