Dermatoscopy of pigmented Bowen's disease

Cameron, Alan, Rosendahl, Cliff, Tschandl, Philipp, Riedl, Elisabeth and Kittler, Harald (2010) Dermatoscopy of pigmented Bowen's disease. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 62 4: 597-604. doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2009.06.008

Author Cameron, Alan
Rosendahl, Cliff
Tschandl, Philipp
Riedl, Elisabeth
Kittler, Harald
Title Dermatoscopy of pigmented Bowen's disease
Journal name Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0190-9622
Publication date 2010-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.06.008
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 62
Issue 4
Start page 597
End page 604
Total pages 8
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Mosby
Language eng
Subject C1
Formatted abstract
Pigmented Bowen's disease is not well characterized.

To characterize the clinical and dermatoscopic appearance of pigmented Bowen's disease.

We performed a retrospective analysis of 52 consecutive cases of pigmented Bowen's disease.

Of 951 histopathologically verified cases of Bowen's disease that underwent biopsy during the study period, 52 (5.5%) were pigmented. Dermatoscopically pigmented Bowen's disease is typified by a pattern of dots and/or structureless zones. In 21.2% (n = 11), we observed brown or gray dots arranged in a linear fashion. Vessels were identified in 67.3% of lesions with a predomination of coiled vessels. A linear arrangement of vessels was seen in 11.5%.

Conclusions are limited by the fact that this was a retrospective, uncontrolled study.


Pigmented Bowen's disease has a characteristic dermatoscopic pattern. Linear arrangement of brown and/or gray dots and/or coiled vessels is a specific clue to pigmented Bowen's disease.  © 2010 American Academy of Dermatology, Inc.

Keyword Bowen's disease
Non-melanoma skin cancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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