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February 2009

Semitranslucency in Dermoscopic Images of Basal Cell Carcinoma

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Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(2):224. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2008.522

The clinical feature semitranslucency, defined as a semiliquid or jellylike appearance, is a useful optical phenomenon for the identification of basal cell carcinoma (BCC).1 Semitranslucent areas in dermoscopic images of BCC also display the smooth, jellylike appearance of the clinical counterpart. The color ranges from reddish pink, usually seen in the thickest areas, to dull orange, often in a peripheral location (Figure 1), to gray (Figure 2 and Figure 3, insets). Figures 1, 2, and 3 are noncontact polarized dermoscopic images of BCC, and Figure 4 is the histopathologic view of Figure 3.

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