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B Li, Q F Liang
Impression cytology (IC) has been widely used as a method for evaluating the ocular surface and superficial cells layers in the diagnosis and follow-up after treatment of several ocular surface tumors of both epithelial and melanocytic origin. Compared with exfoliative cytology with spatula, IC is less traumatic to the patient's eye. It provides a precise location of the area being studied and allows accurate observation of the cells the way they exist in vivo. The additional advantage of IC is the preservation of limbal stem cells responsible for continuous corneal epithelium renewal...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Chao Ji, Yue Zhang, Patricia Heller, Ying Guo
Melanocytic matrical carcinoma is a very uncommon malignant neoplasm with follicular differentiation. The lesion often presents as a solitary nodule on sun-exposed skin of elderly patients. Histopathologically, it is characterized by proliferation of atypical matrical cells admixed with an increased number of melanocytes, and some atypical matrical cells may have cytoplasmic pigment. When melanocytic proliferation or melanin pigment is prominent, melanocytic metrical carcinoma can mimic melanoma. Here, we present a novel case of melanocytic matrical carcinoma mimicking melanoma in an 80-year-old man with our findings in histopathologic and immunohistochemical study...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Marie-Françoise Avril
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October 2016: Annales de Pathologie
Clay J Cockerell, Jaime Tschen, Brent Evans, Emily Bess, John Kidd, Kathryn A Kolquist, Colleen Rock, Loren E Clarke
It is well documented that histopathologic examination is sometimes inadequate for accurate and reproducible diagnosis of certain melanocytic neoplasms. Recently, a 23-gene expression signature has been clinically validated as an adjunctive diagnostic test to differentiate benign nevi from malignant melanomas. This study aimed to quantify the impact of this test on diagnosis and treatment recommendations made by dermatopathologists.Diagnostically challenging melanocytic lesions encountered during routine dermatopathology practice were submitted for gene expression testing and received a melanoma diagnostic score (MDS)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
James Y Wang, Gerard Nuovo, Mitchell Kline, Cynthia M Magro
Epithelial sheath neuroma is a rarely recognized but established entity in the medical literature. First described in 2000 by Requena et al, there have only been 7 published cases to date, mostly in female patients and presenting as symptomatic solitary lesions on the back without a known history of trauma. In 2006, Beer et al described and reviewed a dozen cases in which epithelial sheath neuroma-like features were seen in the advent of a surgical procedure, which was termed "re-excision perineural invasion" and attributed to possible eccrine duct implantation during surgery...
October 4, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Kabeer K Shah, Julia S Lehman, Lawrence E Gibson, Christine M Lohse, Nneka I Comfere, Carilyn N Wieland
BACKGROUND: Teledermatopathology has evolved from static images to whole slide imaging (WSI), which allows for remote viewing and manipulation of tissue sections. Previous studies of WSI in teledermatopathology predated College of American Pathologists (CAP) telepathology validation guidelines. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a comprehensive retrospective WSI validation study of routine dermatopathology cases, adhering to CAP guidelines. METHOD: In all, 181 consecutive cases arranged into 3 categories (inflammatory, melanocytic, nonmelanocytic proliferations) were reviewed by 3 board-certified dermatopathologists via traditional microscopy (TM) and WSI...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Yair Shachar, Allan Billig, Katya Chapchay, Jhonatan Elia, Neta Adler, Alexander Margulis
BACKGROUND: Large congenital melanocytic nevi entail significant medical and cosmetic ramifications for patients and families. Reconstruction is a challenging endeavor, especially when the lesion is present on the limbs. The literature describes various methods by which a plastic surgeon can address reconstruction; yet, to date, there has been no series describing a method that provides consistent results with low complication rates. In this study, we describe our surgical technique for reconstruction of the upper extremity after excision of large circumferential CNM with a pre-expanded bi-pedicled flap, namely the "sleeve" flap...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
E Benati, S Ribero, C Longo, S Piana, S Puig, C Carrera, F Cicero, H Kittler, T Deinlein, I Zalaudek, W Stolz, A Scope, G Pellacani, E Moscarella, B M Piraccini, M Starace, G Argenziano
BACKGROUND: Longitudinal melanonychia might be difficult to differentiate and the use of dermoscopy can be useful for the preoperative evaluation and management decision. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to investigate clinical and dermoscopic criteria of acquired longitudinal melanonychia in adults to identify the best predictors of melanoma using a multivariate analysis and to explore eventual new dermoscopic criteria for nail melanoma diagnosis. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, 82 histopathologically diagnosed, acquired nail pigmented bands were collected and examined...
October 1, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Kachiu C Lee, Sue Peacock, Martin A Weinstock, Ge Alice Zhao, Stevan R Knezevich, David E Elder, Raymond L Barnhill, Michael W Piepkorn, Lisa M Reisch, Patricia A Carney, Tracy Onega, Jason P Lott, Joann G Elmore
BACKGROUND: The extent of variability in treatment suggestions for melanocytic lesions made by pathologists is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We investigated how often pathologists rendered suggestions, reasons for providing suggestions, and concordance with national guidelines. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of pathologists. Data included physician characteristics, experience, and treatment recommendation practices. RESULTS: Of 301 pathologists, 207 (69%) from 10 states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington) enrolled...
September 28, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Phoebe Star, Pascale Guitera
Distinguishing lentigo maligna (LM) and lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM) from background pigmented non-melanoma lesions is challenging. The field of solar damage can obscure clinical assessment, and diagnostic ambiguities are created due to the overlap of the clinical features of LM with other benign lesions. Moreover, margin assessment on histology is limited by the resemblance between melanocytic hyperplasia of actinically damaged skin and scattered atypical melanocytes of LM/LMM. Dermoscopy has made a significant contribution but is often not sufficient for diagnosis and margin assessment...
October 2016: Dermatologic Clinics
Sang Yub Kim, Sook Jung Yun
Malignant melanoma is a rare disease in Asians but potentially the most aggressive form of skin cancer worldwide. It can occur in any melanocyte-containing anatomic site. Four main cutaneous melanoma subtypes are recognized: lentigo maligna melanoma, superficial spreading melanoma, acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM), and nodular melanoma. Generally, excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases the risk of melanoma. The exception is ALM, which is the most common melanoma subtype in Asians and is not associated with UV radiation...
September 2016: Chonnam Medical Journal
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 U...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Lauren M Madigan, German Treyger, Laurie L Kohen
BACKGROUND: For even seasoned practitioners, early melanomas can be difficult to distinguish from melanocytic nevi. Although serial digital dermoscopy is considered by many to be the gold standard for monitoring patients at high risk, poor compliance can seriously alter efficacy. In 2014, a concerning compliance rate of 25% was reported from a single, private clinic. Information is currently limited regarding the determinants of compliance and whether patients at high risk return at an acceptable rate...
September 21, 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Nicholas Latchana, Kelly Regan, John Harrison Howard, Jennifer H Aldrink, Mark A Ranalli, Sara B Peters, Xiaoli Zhang, Alejandro Gru, Philip R O Payne, Lorena P Suarez-Kelly, William E Carson
BACKGROUND: Melanoma skin cancer remains the leading cause of skin cancer-related deaths. Spitz lesions represent a subset of melanocytic skin lesions characterized by epithelioid or spindled melanocytes organized in nests. These lesions occupy a spectrum ranging from benign Spitz and atypical Spitz lesions all the way to malignant Spitz tumors. Appropriate management is reliant on accurate diagnostic classification, yet this effort remains challenging using current light microscopic techniques...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
T Gambichler, A-L Petig, E Stockfleth, M Stücker
BACKGROUND: In malignant melanoma (MM), the proteins SOX10, ABCB5 and CD271 are strongly expressed, and are associated with tumour-initiating potential and stem cell-like properties. AIM: To compare SOX10, ABCB5 and CD271 expression profiles in melanocytic naevi and MM at different stages, and to correlate these with survival data. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was performed for SOX10, ABCB5 and CD271 expression in common naevi (n = 14), dysplastic naevi (n = 11), primary MM (n = 39), lymph node metastases (n = 14) and distant metastases (n = 14)...
October 2016: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Rosa Dolz-Marco, Ferran Vilaplana, Roberto Gallego-Pinazo, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: To report an unusual case of delayed-onset bilateral diffuse uveal melanocytic proliferation in a patient with a remote history of gastric adenocarcinoma 17 years earlier. METHODS: Case report of a patient with bilateral diffuse uveal melanocytic proliferation including comprehensive systemic and ocular examinations. RESULTS: A 78-year-old man presented with a history of progressive bilateral vision loss during the 4 previous years associated with fever of unknown origin...
September 22, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Kalpana Gupta, Swati Tripathi, Manjinder Kaur
INTRODUCTION: Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanolsis (IGH) macules are hypo pigmented lesions occurring due to decreased functioning of melanocytes due to photosensitivity or persistent irritation of skin in middle aged and elderly. AIM: To find out the efficacy of placental extracts when used as an adjunct with 88% phenol for the treatment of IGH macules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 40 patients were randomly divided into two groups (n=20 in each group), viz group P, (the control group, treated with only 88% phenol) and Group PP (study group, treated with Placental extracts along with 88% phenol)...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Matt Pierson, Nitin Marwaha, Miguel Guzman, Anthony A Mikulec, Jeroen R Coppens
BACKGROUND: Primary leptomeningeal melanocytic neoplasms of the central nervous system are rare. Multifocal lesions typically occur in the setting of cutaneous melanosis. We present the first report of a posterior fossa melanocytoma and subcutaneous melanocytoma of intermediate grade in the absence of cutaneous melanosis. CASE DESCRIPTION: We present the case of a 22-year-old male with decreased hearing on the right side, ataxia, nausea, vomiting and a scalp mass...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
Emily M Erstine, Michael T Tetzlaff, Jennifer S Ko, Victor G Prieto, Alison L Cheah, Steven D Billings
Sarcomatoid melanoma is a rare type of melanoma lacking typical histologic features of melanoma and often lacks expression of S100 protein and melanocyte-specific markers. Given the rarity of this entity, its clinicopathologic findings are not well defined. We report 2 cases of sarcomatoid melanoma received in consultation: a 65-year-old woman with a right breast mass and a 62-year-old man with a left plantar heel mass. Both lesions were ulcerated, pedunculated, highly cellular proliferations of atypical spindle cells arranged as fascicles and/or sheets...
September 19, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Flávia Trevisan, Aline C Tregnago, Clóvis A Lopes Pinto, Ana C M Urvanegia, Diogo L Morbeck, Eduardo Bertolli, Floriano R Riva Neto, João P Duprat Neto, Mariana P de Macedo
BACKGROUND: Osteogenic differentiation is rarely seen in melanomas, when it occurs it is mainly in acral lesions. METHODS: We report a case of an osteogenic melanoma in a 49-year-old woman who presented with a pigmented lesion in the subungueal region of her left hallux. The lesion was ulcerated and infiltrated until the deep dermis without bone involvement. RESULTS: The tumor was composed of pleomorphic atypical epithelioid and fusiform cells disposed in nests or cords, with vesicular nuclei and prominent central nucleoli...
September 19, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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