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December 2, 2014 / molehunter

Ugly duckling pigmented lesion proves harmless

A white adult presented with multiple pigmented lesions, one of which in particular caused concern. Several of these lesions fail the ABCD rule.

benign ABCD fail on back (1)

The outlined lesion was very dark and somewhat irregular. These are features that every advice leaflet will say point to melanoma and they may do. The presence of many similar lesions does not mean this one can’t be a skin cancer.

benign ABCD fail on back (2)

Dermoscopy however was very reassuring.

benign ABCD fail on back (3)

This is a typical seborrhoiec keratosis. Note the abundant milia like cysts (white/cream circles) and several comedo like openings. There is a very well defined border from 12 to 6 o’clock where the lesion is best defined, also some hairpin vessels centrally. Variable colour is irrelevant since there are clear positive signs of a seb k.

Reassure and advise.

learning point: check the whole patient carefully. Sometimes a skin cancer will hide among many benign lesions like a pebble hiding on a beach.

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  1. Maryam / Dec 3 2014 2:37 am

    Hi,
    I’ve been working on dermoscopy images for a long time and I enjoy reading your posts. It’s so informative! I had a question about a research project that we have, and I was wondering if we can connect to discuss it with you. Can I have your email address? You can contact me at msa68@sfu.ca

    Many thanks,
    Maryam
    http://www.sfu.ca/~msa68/
    http://ca.linkedin.com/in/maryams/

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