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October 31, 2018

Early Diagnosis of Skin Melanoma Metastasis by Means of Dermoscopy and Confocal Microscopy

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  • 2Centro Oncologico ad Alta Tecnologia Diagnostica, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • 3Pathology Unit, Azienda Unità Sanitaria Locale-IRCCS, Reggio Emilia, Italy
JAMA Dermatol. Published online October 31, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.2699

Melanoma skin metastases may occur as satellitosis and in transit metastases as a consequence of intralymphatic tumor spread, or distant metastases, due to hematogenous dissemination.1 High-risk patients must be therefore accurately monitored by means of clinical and instrumental examination. Surgical resection of the lesions remains the preferred therapeutic approach, whenever possible, and thus their early recognition is of fundamental importance.2

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