BACKGROUND: The term 'collision tumor' refers to the association of 2 or more different neoplasms within the same lesion. The association of a benign neoplasm with a malignant neoplasm is of particular significance and warrants diagnostic accuracy. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to see if reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) was a valuable tool when dealing with collision tumors. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 24 histologically confirmed cases of collision tumors, which were initially assessed using dermoscopy and RCM. RESULTS: The malignancy most commonly detected in association with collision tumors was basal cell carcinoma (BCC) (n = 13), followed by melanoma (n = 5, of which 2 collided with BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma in situ (n = 4). Seborrheic keratoses were the most common benign neoplasms found in association with collision tumors (n = 18), followed by nevi (n = 7). Dermoscopy revealed the malignant component in 14 out of 20 lesions compared to RCM, which revealed a malignant component in 19 out of 20 neoplasms. There was excellent concordance between RCM and histopathology with regard to the identification of a malignant component within a tumor (kappa value >0.9). CONCLUSION: The dermatoscope and the reflectance confocal microscope, when used in conjunction, are valuable tools aiding in the diagnosis of collision tumors.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Titolo:||The Role of Reflectance Confocal Microscopy as an Aid in the Diagnosis of Collision Tumors|
|Autori:||Moscarella, E; Rabinovitz, H; Oliviero, Mc; Brown, L; Longo, C; Zalaudek, I; Piana, S; Farnetani, F; Lallas, A; Argenziano, G; Pellacani, G|
|Autori interni:||MOSCARELLA, ELVIRA |
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1159/000351771|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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