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Dermatoscopy features of common pigmented lesions

The incidence of malignant melanoma has risen rapidly in fair-skinned communities across the world in the past 25 years. This has led to increased public recognition of the dangers of melanoma, and increased consultations for pigmented skin tumours in primary and secondary care. A variety of tools have been used in the last 30 years to improve accuracy of diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions. The best known of these is the dermatoscope, also known as the dermoscope or epiluminescent light microscope. This article reviews the dermatoscopy features of common pigmented skin lesions.
Dermatology in practice 2002; 10(4): 16–18
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