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22-06-2013 | Skin cancers | Book chapter | Article

13. Dermoscopy

Authors: MD, PhD Susana Puig, MD Joseph Malvehy

Publisher: Springer New York

Abstract

Dermoscopy (also known as dermatoscopy and epiluminescence microscopy) is a noninvasive, in vivo technique that has demonstrated to be an important aid in the early recognition of malignant melanoma and other skin tumors. Its use increases diagnostic accuracy of malignant melanoma between 5 and 30 % over clinical visual inspection depending on the type of skin lesion and the experience of the physician. At the present days, the use of dermoscopy in the evaluation of any skin tumor has a maximum level of evidence and included as standard of care in clinical guidelines of melanoma.

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