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June 1978

Lentigo Maligna and Lentigo Maligna Melanoma: Recognition and Treatment

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(6):352-356. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790060054013

• Lentigo maligna is the preinvasive stage of lentigo maligna melanoma, which is a specific type of cutaneous malignant melanoma found almost exclusively in the head and neck area. The distinguishing features and the biological behavior of this disease are discussed. Emphasis is placed on early diagnosis by clinical differentiation from other pigmented lesions and by biopsy specimen. Treatment by adequate surgical removal with appropriate reconstruction is discussed and illustrated with case reports.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:352-356, 1978)