Morphologic changes of a pigmented Spitz nevus assessed by dermoscopy

Pizzichetta, Maria A., Argenziano, Giuseppe, Grandi, Giorgio, Giacomi, Clelia de, Trevisan, Giusto and Soyer, H. Peter (2002) Morphologic changes of a pigmented Spitz nevus assessed by dermoscopy. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 47 1: 137-139. doi:10.1067/mjd.2002.122193

Author Pizzichetta, Maria A.
Argenziano, Giuseppe
Grandi, Giorgio
Giacomi, Clelia de
Trevisan, Giusto
Soyer, H. Peter
Title Morphologic changes of a pigmented Spitz nevus assessed by dermoscopy
Journal name Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-9622
Publication date 2002-07-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1067/mjd.2002.122193
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 47
Issue 1
Start page 137
End page 139
Total pages 3
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 110304 Dermatology
Abstract Pigmented Spitz nevus may simulate cutaneous melanoma clinically and histopathologically. In an effort to characterize Spitz nevi using dermoscopy, we documented the dermoscopic features of a single pigmented Spitz nevus over a 6-month period. A 3-year-old boy had a brownish black papule, 3 mm in diameter, on the dorsum of the first finger of his left hand, clinically diagnosed as a Reed nevus. Two follow-up examinations were performed after 3 and 6 months, when the lesion finally was excised for histopathologic examination. Dermoscopically, a globular pattern was recognized during the initial examination, whereas a starburst pattern was identified 3 months later. After 6 months, a variation of the starburst pattern was still detectable. Based on our observation, the globular and the starburst patterns might be considered different morphologic expressions corresponding to the evolutionary phases of pigmented Spitz nevi. (J Am Acad Dermatol 2002;47:137-9.)
Keyword Dermatology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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