Dermoscopy of nevi and melanoma in childhood

Christine Brooks, Alon Scope, Ralph P. Braun, Ashfaq A. Marghoob

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Dermoscopy is a noninvasive technique that allows for the visualization of subsurface colors and structures within pigmented melanocytic skin lesions that are otherwise imperceptible to the naked eye. Dermoscopic findings have been formulated into diagnostic criteria that assist experienced clinicians in differentiating benign and malignant neoplasms. In essence, dermoscopy can help identify cutaneous malignancies, while at the same time minimizing the frequency of unwarranted biopsies of benign cutaneous lesions. In this article, we examine the clinical morphology of melanocytic nevi and melanoma in the pediatric population, and describe the relevant dermoscopic findings and histopathologic correlates that aid in the diagnosis and management of these lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalExpert Review of Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Spitz nevi
  • acquired melanocytic nevi
  • blue nevi
  • congenital melanocytic nevi
  • dermoscopy
  • halo nevi
  • lentiginous nevus
  • melanoma
  • nevus spilus/speckled pediatric


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