Dermatoscopy in routine practice 'Chaos and Clues'

Rosendahl, Cliff, Cameron, Alan, McColl, Ian and Wilkinson, David (2012) Dermatoscopy in routine practice 'Chaos and Clues'. Australian Family Physician, 41 7: 482-487.

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Author Rosendahl, Cliff
Cameron, Alan
McColl, Ian
Wilkinson, David
Title Dermatoscopy in routine practice 'Chaos and Clues'
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 41
Issue 7
Start page 482
End page 487
Total pages 6
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
Skin cancer is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in Australia, and primary care doctors can, and should, treat most cases.
Objective
In this article we outline one method for the effective use of dermatoscopy in diagnosing melanoma and other skin malignancies in general practice.
Discussion
The use of a dermatoscope in clinical practice has been shown to increase diagnostic accuracy and is considered the standard of care in assessing patients with pigmented skin lesions. Its use is also being increasingly applied to the diagnosis of nonpigmented skin lesions. Like any clinical tool, training is required for effective use. ‘Chaos and clues’ is a straightforward method of rapidly assessing suspicious pigmented skin lesions using a dermatoscope; its use can lead to improved diagnosis of melanoma and other skin malignancies.
Keyword dermatoscopy
skin neoplasms
melanoma
general practice
Nonpigmented Skin Tumors
Epiluminescence Microscopy
Diagnostic-Accuracy
Vascular Structures
Pattern-Analysis
Abcd Rule
Dermoscopy
Melanoma
Lesions
Metaanalysis
Q-Index Code CX
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Institutional Status UQ

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