Benign-Appearing Pediatric Skin Lesions May Be Melanoma

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Benign-Appearing Pediatric Skin Lesions May Be Melanoma
Benign-Appearing Pediatric Skin Lesions May Be Melanoma

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pediatric skin lesions that mimic benign lesions are more often deeper and have a higher T stage than melanomas with a clinically malignant appearance, according to research published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Mario Mitkov, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of records from January 2000 to January 2015 for children and young adults (age 21 years or younger) with a diagnosis of primary cutaneous melanoma.

The researchers found that, compared with melanomas with a clinically malignant appearance, pediatric melanomas that mimicked benign skin lesions were more often deeper (>1 mm; odds ratio, 5.48) and had a higher T stage (odds ratio [T2, T3, or T4], 6.28). Sixty-six percent of pediatric melanomas originally diagnosed as benign melanocytic lesions exhibited changes in size, shape, and color.

"Benign-appearing pediatric skin lesions with a history of evolution, bleeding, or ulceration should raise suspicion for melanoma," the authors write. "Although biopsy of all lesions that exhibit change in children is not practical, safe, or desired, close monitoring is recommended."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Ground Beef Recalled After E. Coli Outbreak

Ground Beef Recalled After <i>E. Coli</i> Outbreak

Beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Prevalence of Alzheimer's, Related Dementia Set to Double

Prevalence of Alzheimer's, Related Dementia Set to Double

Alzheimer's disease and related dementias burden is expected to increase to 3.3 percent in 2060

Long-Term Outcomes of Breast Implants Explored

Long-Term Outcomes of Breast Implants Explored

Higher rates of Sjogren syndrome, scleroderma, RA, stillbirth, melanoma for silicone implants

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »