Background: Pigment network is an important dermoscopic feature for melanocytic lesions, but alterations in grid line thickness are also observed in melanomas. Objective: To investigate features of thick, thin and mixed pigment networks at dermoscopy and their respective features at reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for differential diagnosis, correlated with histology. Methods: All melanocytic lesions with histological diagnosis, evaluated between January 2010 and May 2014, were enrolled and classified according to dermoscopy evaluation of the pigment networks: thin, thick and mixed. Results: Thin network in melanoma was characterized by a honeycombed pattern (P < 0.001), dendritic cells (P < 0.001), atypical ringed pattern (P = 0.035) and structureless area (P = 0.012), whereas round cells (P < 0.001), dendritic cells (P < 0.001) and atypical meshwork pattern (<0.001) characterized thick network in melanoma. Mixed network type in melanoma shared honeycombed (P = 0.049) and typical ringed patterns (P = 0.045) in the thin area and round cells (P < 0.001) and atypical meshwork pattern (P < 0.001) in the thick area. Thin network in nevi was characterized by cobblestone (P < 0.001) and typical ringed patterns (P = 0.035), whereas thick network in nevi showed a typical meshwork pattern (P < 0.001). Mixed nevi shared the same features and patterns, but more frequently with inflammatory infiltrate (P = 0.047). Conclusion: Differential diagnosis between melanocytic lesions (nevi or melanoma) in thin, thick and mixed pigment networks observed at dermoscopy can be assisted by RCM to improve diagnostic accuracy.

Reinterpreting dermoscopic pigment network with reflectance confocal microscopy for identification of melanoma-specific features / De Pace, B.; Farnetani, F.; Losi, A.; Ciardo, S.; De Carvalho, N.; Cesinaro, A. M.; Reggiani Bonetti, L.; Chester, J.; Kaleci, S.; Del Duca, E.; Nisticò, S. P.; Longo, C.; Pellacani, G.. - In: JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY AND VENEREOLOGY. - ISSN 0926-9959. - (2018), pp. 1-2. [10.1111/jdv.14675]

Reinterpreting dermoscopic pigment network with reflectance confocal microscopy for identification of melanoma-specific features

De Pace, B.;Farnetani, F.;Losi, A.;Ciardo, S.;De Carvalho, N.;Reggiani Bonetti, L.;Chester, J.;Kaleci, S.;Longo, C.;Pellacani, G.
2018-01-01

Abstract

Background: Pigment network is an important dermoscopic feature for melanocytic lesions, but alterations in grid line thickness are also observed in melanomas. Objective: To investigate features of thick, thin and mixed pigment networks at dermoscopy and their respective features at reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for differential diagnosis, correlated with histology. Methods: All melanocytic lesions with histological diagnosis, evaluated between January 2010 and May 2014, were enrolled and classified according to dermoscopy evaluation of the pigment networks: thin, thick and mixed. Results: Thin network in melanoma was characterized by a honeycombed pattern (P < 0.001), dendritic cells (P < 0.001), atypical ringed pattern (P = 0.035) and structureless area (P = 0.012), whereas round cells (P < 0.001), dendritic cells (P < 0.001) and atypical meshwork pattern (<0.001) characterized thick network in melanoma. Mixed network type in melanoma shared honeycombed (P = 0.049) and typical ringed patterns (P = 0.045) in the thin area and round cells (P < 0.001) and atypical meshwork pattern (P < 0.001) in the thick area. Thin network in nevi was characterized by cobblestone (P < 0.001) and typical ringed patterns (P = 0.035), whereas thick network in nevi showed a typical meshwork pattern (P < 0.001). Mixed nevi shared the same features and patterns, but more frequently with inflammatory infiltrate (P = 0.047). Conclusion: Differential diagnosis between melanocytic lesions (nevi or melanoma) in thin, thick and mixed pigment networks observed at dermoscopy can be assisted by RCM to improve diagnostic accuracy.
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Reinterpreting dermoscopic pigment network with reflectance confocal microscopy for identification of melanoma-specific features / De Pace, B.; Farnetani, F.; Losi, A.; Ciardo, S.; De Carvalho, N.; Cesinaro, A. M.; Reggiani Bonetti, L.; Chester, J.; Kaleci, S.; Del Duca, E.; Nisticò, S. P.; Longo, C.; Pellacani, G.. - In: JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY AND VENEREOLOGY. - ISSN 0926-9959. - (2018), pp. 1-2. [10.1111/jdv.14675]
De Pace, B.; Farnetani, F.; Losi, A.; Ciardo, S.; De Carvalho, N.; Cesinaro, A. M.; Reggiani Bonetti, L.; Chester, J.; Kaleci, S.; Del Duca, E.; Nisticò, S. P.; Longo, C.; Pellacani, G.
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