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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528541/melanoma-frequency-among-symmetrical-spitzoid-looking-lesions-a-retrospective-study
#1
Claudia Costa, Matteo Megna, Milena Cappello, Maddalena Napolitano, Giuseppe Monfrecola, Massimiliano Scalvenzi
BACKGROUND: Many efforts have been spent attempting to define clinical, histopathological and molecular markers for differential diagnosis of Spitz nevus and melanoma. Dermoscopy has been widely used but it may be not always sufficient. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed evaluating Spitzoid-looking lesions showing symmetry at clinical and dermoscopic examination in patients ≥ 12 years attending our Clinic from 2004 to 2014. Demographic, clinical and dermoscopic data were assessed for each lesion in order to highlight the most common characteristics which could help the differential diagnosis between Spitz nevus and melanoma when clinical or dermoscopic asymmetry is lacking...
May 16, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509525/melanoma-frequency-among-symmetrical-spitzoid-looking-lesions-a-retrospective-study
#2
Claudia Costa, Matteo Megna, Milena Cappello, Maddalena Napolitano, Giuseppe Monfrecola, Massimiliano Scalvenzi
BACKGROUND: Many efforts have been spent attempting to define clinical, histopathological and molecular markers for differential diagnosis of Spitz nevus and melanoma. Dermoscopy has been widely used but it may be not always sufficient. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed evaluating Spitzoid-looking lesions showing symmetry at clinical and dermoscopic examination in patients ≥ 12 years attending our Clinic from 2004 to 2014. Demographic, clinical and dermoscopic data were assessed for each lesion in order to highlight the most common characteristics which could help the differential diagnosis between Spitz nevus and melanoma when clinical or dermoscopic asymmetry is lacking...
May 16, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475519/genomic-assessment-of-blitz-nevi-suggests-classification-as-a-subset-of-blue-nevus-rather-than-spitz-nevus-clinical-histopathologic-and-molecular-analysis-of-18-cases
#3
Maria C Isales, Alexandra M Haugh, Jeffrey Bubley, Anna E Verzì, Bin Zhang, Emily Kudalkar, Christina Y Lee, Pedram Yazdan, Joan Guitart, Pedram Gerami
Blitz nevi/tumors are a distinct subset of melanocytic neoplasia which show mixed morphologic features of Spitz and blue nevus. Genomically, most blue nevi have GNAQ or GNA11 mutations while most Spitzoid neoplasms have either an HRAS mutation or translocations involving MET, ROS, BRAF, ALK1, NTRK1, and RET. The criteria used for the assessment of malignancy in blue and Spitzoid lesions are different, and these lesions have different prognostic markers. In this study, we assess the clinical, morphological, and genomic changes in 18 cases of Blitz nevi/tumors to better characterize this subset of neoplasms and determine their optimal genomic classification...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433076/identification-of-ntrk3-fusions-in-childhood-melanocytic-neoplasms
#4
Lu Wang, Klaus J Busam, Ryma Benayed, Robert Cimera, Jiajing Wang, Ryan Denley, Mamta Rao, Ruth Aryeequaye, Kerry Mullaney, Long Cao, Marc Ladanyi, Meera Hameed
Spitzoid neoplasms are a distinct group of melanocytic tumors. Genetically, they lack mutations in common melanoma-associated oncogenes. Recent studies have shown that spitzoid tumors may contain a variety of kinase fusions, including ROS1, NTRK1, ALK, BRAF, and RET fusions. We report herein the discovery of recurrent NTRK3 gene rearrangements in childhood melanocytic neoplasms with spitzoid and/or atypical features, based on genome-wide copy number analysis by single-nucleotide polymorphism array, which showed intragenic copy number changes in NTRK3...
May 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407793/the-diagnosis-and-management-of-the-spitz-nevus-in-the-pediatric-population-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis%C3%A2-protocol
#5
Jean Abboud, Michael Stein, Michele Ramien, Claudia Malic
BACKGROUND: Spitz nevi are uncommon melanocytic neoplasms found in children. Historically, the diagnosis and management of these tumors has lacked consensus among oncologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. Once interpreted and treated as a "juvenile melanoma", many have argued for the benignancy of such tumors in certain patient age groups, encouraging a conservative approach. The lack of consensus surrounding the diagnosis and perceived malignant potential of these tumors has led physicians to approach them on a case-by-case basis and institutional protocols...
April 13, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362709/a-diagnostic-algorithm-combining-immunohistochemistry-and-molecular-cytogenetics-to-diagnose-challenging-melanocytic-tumors
#6
Sylvia Redon, Briac Guibourg, Matthieu Talagas, Pascale Marcorelles, Arnaud Uguen
Some melanocytic tumors are diagnostic challenges and require ancillary tools in helping the pathologists to determine their potential of malignancy. We intend to propose a diagnostic algorithm in helping to classify challenging melanocytic tumors combining histology, immunohistochemistry, and cytogenetics. We report on 24 spitzoid and/or misdiagnosed melanocytic tumors studied with a triple p16, Ki-67, and HMB45 immunohistochemistry score, fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) with melanoma-dedicated and non-melanoma-dedicated probes and comparative genomic hybridization on DNA microarray (CGH array)...
March 30, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295655/characteristics-of-spitz-nevi-atypical-spitz-nevi-and-melanomas-in-patients-younger-than-20-years
#7
LETTER
E Soura, M Plaka, C Stefanaki, V Chasapi, E Christofidou, C Antoniou, A Stratigos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 10, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186096/spitz-nevi-and-spitzoid-melanomas-exome-sequencing-and-comparison-with-conventional-melanocytic-nevi-and-melanomas
#8
Rossitza Lazova, Natapol Pornputtapong, Ruth Halaban, Marcus Bosenberg, Yalai Bai, Hao Chai, Michael Krauthammer
We performed exome sequencing of 77 melanocytic specimens composed of Spitz nevi (n=29), Spitzoid melanomas (n=27), and benign melanocytic nevi (n=21), and compared the results with published melanoma sequencing data. Our study highlights the prominent similarity between Spitzoid and conventional melanomas with similar copy number changes and high and equal numbers of ultraviolet-induced coding mutations affecting similar driver genes. Mutations in MEN1, PRKAR1A, and DNMT3A in Spitzoid melanomas may indicate involvement of the protein kinase A pathway, or a role of DNA methylation in the disease...
May 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140545/spitzn%C3%A3-vi-unterschiedliche-klinische-dermatoskopische-und-histopathologische-merkmale-in-der-kindheit
#9
Emi Dika, Iria Neri, Pier Alessandro Fanti, Alessia Barisani, Giulia Maria Ravaioli, Annalisa Patrizi
HINTERGRUND UND ZIELE: Die Charakterisierung der klinischen Merkmale und des biologischen Potenzials von Spitznävi hat in den letzten Jahrzehnten breites Interesse gefunden. Das Ziel dieser Arbeit ist die Beschreibung der klinischen und dermatoskopischen Merkmale von Spitznävi sowie des klinischen Ergebnisses nach chirurgischer Exzision von Spitznävi in drei pädiatrischen Altersgruppen. PATIENTEN UND METHODEN: Restrospektive Studie zur Analyse von klinischen Merkmalen, videodermatoskopischen Bildern, histopathologischen Diagnosen und Behandlungsergebnissen...
January 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140544/h%C3%A3-ufigkeit-und-muster-der-tumorerkennung-nach-selbstuntersuchung-bei-mittel-bis-hochrisiko-melanompatienten
#10
Anca Sindrilaru, Vera Neckermann, Thomas Eigentler, Panagiotis Kampilafkos, Diana Crisan, Nicolai Treiber, Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek, Lars Alexander Schneider
HINTERGRUND UND ZIELSETZUNG: Die Frage, wie oft Melanompatienten mit Mittel- bis Hochrisikomelanomen den Tumor bemerken und welche Eigenerkennungsmuster existieren ist bislang nicht beantwortet. PATIENTEN UND METHODEN: Wir haben eine retrospektive Studie an Melanompatienten durchgeführt, die sich zwischen 2004 und 2008 einer Sentinellymphknotenbiopsie unterzogen haben,. Der Fragebogen wurde von 127 der insgesamt 133 Patienten ausgefüllt. ERGEBNISSE: 25 % bemerkten den Tumor überhaupt nicht...
January 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28140538/self-detection-frequency-and-recognition-patterns-in-medium-to-high-risk-cutaneous-melanoma-patients
#11
Anca Sindrilaru, Vera Neckermann, Thomas Eigentler, Panagiotis Kampilafkos, Diana Crisan, Nicolai Treiber, Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek, Lars Alexander Schneider
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The question of how frequently patients with medium to high-risk melanomas become aware of their tumors and which self-detection patterns exist remains unanswered. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective survey of melanoma patients who had undergone sentinel node biopsy between 2004 and 2008. One hundred twenty-seven out of a total of 133 patients completed the questionnaire. RESULTS: Twenty-five percent of patients had not noticed their tumors at all...
January 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118479/update-on-dermoscopy-of-spitz-reed-naevi-and-management-guidelines-by-the-international-dermoscopy-society
#12
REVIEW
A Lallas, Z Apalla, D Ioannides, E Lazaridou, A Kyrgidi, P Broganelli, R Alfano, I Zalaudek, G Argenziano
Spitzoid lesions represent a challenging and controversial group of tumours, in terms of clinical recognition, biologic behavior and management strategies. Although Spitz naevi are considered benign tumours, their clinical and dermoscopic morphologic overlap with spitzoid melanoma renders the management of spitzoid lesions particularly difficult. The controversy deepens because of the existence of tumours that cannot be safely histopathologically diagnosed as naevi or melanomas (atypical Spitz tumours). The dual objective of the present study was to provide an updated classification on dermoscopy of Spitz naevi, and management recommendations of spitzoid looking lesions based on a consensus among experts in the field...
January 24, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102445/-congenital-nevus-atypical-spitz-nevus-or-spitzoid-melanoma
#13
A Blum, M Tanaka, K S Kraemer-Schultheiss, J Bauer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892929/a-review-of-kinase-fusions-in-melanocytic-tumors
#14
Sara C Shalin
Translocations resulting in a kinase fusion are well reported in many tumor types and indeed can be defining, particularly in the case of hematopoietic malignancies. The recent reports of multiple protein kinase fusions within melanocytic neoplasms, particularly in those with spitzoid morphology, have heralded a new era of classification of these melanocytic tumors. Seen within approximately half of all spitzoid neoplasms and present within the full spectrum of benign, atypical, and malignant lesions, kinase fusions likely represent an early oncogenic event contributing to cell proliferation and growth...
February 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874206/spitz-nevi-and-other-spitzoid-neoplasms-in-children-overview-of-incidence-data-and-diagnostic-criteria
#15
REVIEW
Emi Dika, Giulia Maria Ravaioli, Pier Alessandro Fanti, Iria Neri, Annalisa Patrizi
Spitz nevi are benign melanocytic neoplasms characterized by epithelioid or spindle melanocytes or both. In some rare cases their presentation overlaps with the clinical and histopathologic features of malignant melanoma, so a differential diagnosis can be difficult to make. Intermediate forms between Spitz nevi and malignant melanoma, with unpredictable behavior, have been called atypical Spitz tumors. A literature search was performed to review the clinical, dermoscopic, genetic, and histopathologic aspects of spitzoid tumors...
January 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862191/significance-of-epidermal-mitoses-in-challenging-melanocytic-proliferations
#16
Eugen C Minca, Steven D Billings, Paul Elson, Michael T Tetzlaff, Aleodor A Andea, Jennifer S Ko
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of melanoma remains histologically challenging. Dermal mitoses support malignancy, but are only occasionally seen in melanomas. As melanomagenesis is thought to begin at the dermal-epidermal junction, we investigated the significance of epidermal melanocytic mitoses (EMM) in a spectrum of lesions with molecular characterization. METHODS: Epidermal mitoses density (EMD) was evaluated in 46 straightforward lesions (24 benign and 22 malignant) and 30 challenging lesions with expert interpretation, fluorescence in situ hybridization and myPath-score characterization (12 favor-benign, 9 favor-malignant and 9 ambiguous)...
February 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860221/spitz-nevi-diverse-clinical-dermatoscopic-and-histopathological-features-in-childhood
#17
Emi Dika, Iria Neri, Pier Alessandro Fanti, Alessia Barisani, Giulia Maria Ravaioli, Annalisa Patrizi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The characterization of clinical features and biological potential of Spitz nevi has attracted a lot of interest in past decades. The aim of our paper was to describe the clinical, dermatoscopic features as well as the clinical outcome of surgically excised Spitz nevi in three different pediatric age groups. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study analyzing clinical features, videodermatoscopic images, histopathological diagnosis and patient outcome...
November 10, 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776007/a-comparison-of-morphologic-and-molecular-features-of-braf-alk-and-ntrk1-fusion-spitzoid-neoplasms
#18
Sapna M Amin, Alexandra M Haugh, Christina Y Lee, Bin Zhang, Jeffrey A Bubley, Emily A Merkel, Anna Elisa Verzì, Pedram Gerami
Recent studies have identified translocations involving the kinase domains of ALK, NTRK1, BRAF, RET, and ROS in spitzoid neoplasms. Subsequent studies have also characterized morphologic features corresponding to ALK and NTRK1 translocations. In this study, we sought to further compare morphologic features across a range of 49 genetically defined spitzoid neoplasms with ALK, NTRK1, BRAF, or RET fusions to determine discriminating features. We also compared them with a group of 22 spitzoid neoplasms, which were confirmed to be negative for fusions in ALK, NTRK1, BRAF, and RET...
April 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686456/the-utilization-of-spitz-related-nomenclature-in-the-histological-interpretation-of-cutaneous-melanocytic-lesions-by-practicing-pathologists-results-from-the-m-path-study
#19
Ge Zhao, Kachiu C Lee, Sue Peacock, Lisa M Reisch, Stevan R Knezevich, David E Elder, Michael W Piepkorn, Joann G Elmore, Raymond L Barnhill
BACKGROUND: Spitz nevi, atypical Spitz tumors and spitzoid melanomas ('spitzoid lesions') represent controversial and poorly understood cutaneous melanocytic lesions that are difficult to diagnose histologically. It is unknown how these terms are used by pathologists. METHODS: We describe use of Spitz-related terminology using data from the Melanoma Pathology (M-Path) study database comprising pathologists' interpretations of biopsy slides, a nation-wide study evaluating practicing US pathologists' (N = 187) diagnoses of melanocytic lesions (8976 independent diagnostic assessments on 240 total test cases, with 1 slide per case)...
January 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27569296/loss-of-p16-expression-and-copy-number-changes-of-cdkn2a-in-a-spectrum-of-spitzoid-melanocytic-lesions
#20
Paul W Harms, Thomas L Hocker, Lili Zhao, May P Chan, Aleodor A Andea, Min Wang, Kelly L Harms, Michael L Wang, Shannon Carskadon, Nallasivam Palanisamy, Douglas R Fullen
Spitzoid melanocytic lesions, including Spitz nevi (benign), spitzoid melanoma (malignant), and borderline atypical Spitz tumors (ASTs), frequently present challenges for accurate diagnosis and prognosis. Evaluation for loss of the tumor suppressor p16, encoded by CDKN2A gene on chromosome 9p21.3, has been proposed to be useful for evaluation of spitzoid melanocytic lesions. However, reports on the utility of p16 immunohistochemistry for spitzoid lesions have been conflicting, and few studies have directly compared p16 immunohistochemistry with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for CDKN2A genomic status...
December 2016: Human Pathology
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