Identifying hidden melanoma

Identifying hidden melanoma

7 July 2017

Desmoplastic melanoma is typically found on chronically sun-damaged skin of older people and can often be hard to detect as it may be non-pigmented and confused with other skin lesions. Recent MIA-led research revealed dermoscopy features that can help detect desmoplastic melanoma.

The study also found that reflectance confocal microscopy — a new non-invasive imaging tool — may reveal features that can help distinguish this invasive form of melanoma from the pre-invasive form of melanoma, called melanoma in-situ.

Identifying regions where there is likely to be invasive melanoma (such as desmoplastic melanoma) is helpful to guide where to biopsy within large lesions found in cosmetically sensitive or functionally important locations such as the face, palms or soles. This enables the melanoma to be treated appropriately.

Publication:  Maher NG et al. Detection of desmoplastic melanoma with dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2017 Jun 2. doi: 10.1111/jdv.14381. [Epub ahead of print]