Dermoscopic semiology: Further insights into vascular features by screening a large spectrum of nontumoral skin lesions Journal Article

Authors: Vázquez-López, F.; Kreusch, J.; Marghoob, A. A.
Article Title: Dermoscopic semiology: Further insights into vascular features by screening a large spectrum of nontumoral skin lesions
Abstract: Background: Dermoscopic vascular criteria remain poorly evaluated and analysed. The increasing number of descriptions of amelanotic melanoma showing isolated vascular dermoscopic findings adds interest to this topic. Objective: To evaluate and classify the dermoscopic vascular structures seen in nontumoral dermatoses (NTD). Patients and methods: The affected skin of 414 consecutive patients suffering from a variety of 31 different biopsy-proven NTD was evaluated with the dermoscope and photographed with the Dermaphot camera. Results: The dermoscopic vascular structures seen in NTD consisted of round dotted and globular vessels, linear vessels and glomerular vessels. In addition, structureless coloured patches were also found. In some NTD the distribution of the vascular structures took on special arrangements. The most common vascular findings were the linear and the rounded vessels, which were distributed either homogeneously throughout the lesion or were present together with other vascular or pigmented features in a mixed pattern. Conclusion: The present study proposes a new classification of dermoscopic vascular features based on the screening of a large spectrum of nontumoral dermatoses. This list may be useful to define further dermoscopic semiology and to understand the vascular features most relevant to the diagnosis not only of different NTD but also of pigmented and amelanotic melanoma.
Keywords: adult; clinical article; controlled study; human tissue; middle aged; melanoma; dermoscopy; skin biopsy; skin defect; differential diagnosis; epiluminescence microscopy; rash; skin; symptom; evaluation; screening; amelanotic melanoma; skin disease; photography; dermatology; skin diseases; skin infection; vascular disease; granulomatosis; bullous skin disease; camera; collagen disease; glomerulus; humans; human; male; female; priority journal; article; nontumoral dermatoses; vascular features
Journal Title: British Journal of Dermatology
Volume: 150
Issue: 2
ISSN: 0007-0963
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing  
Date Published: 2004-02-01
Start Page: 226
End Page: 231
Language: English
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.05753.x
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 14996092
Notes: Br. J. Dermatol. -- Cited By (since 1996):51 -- Export Date: 16 June 2014 -- CODEN: BJDEA -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Ashfaq A Marghoob
    491 Marghoob