The Use of Digital Dermoscopy for the Follow-Up of Congenital Nevi: A Pilot Study

Authors

  • R P Braun M.D.,

    1. Pigmented Skin Lesion Unit and Unit for Pediatric Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • A M Calza M.D.,

    1. Pigmented Skin Lesion Unit and Unit for Pediatric Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • J Krischer M.D.,

    1. Pigmented Skin Lesion Unit and Unit for Pediatric Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • J H Saurat M.D.

    1. Pigmented Skin Lesion Unit and Unit for Pediatric Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Braun M.D. Pigmented Skin Lesion Unit, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Geneva, 24 rue Micheli-du-Crest, CH-1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland, or e-mail: braun@cmu.unige.ch.

Abstract

One of the main problems in the management of congenital nevi is the potential risk for malignant transformation and the resulting need for follow-up examination. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive technique that has been shown to be useful for the follow-up of benign melanocytic skin lesions as well as the early diagnosis of malignant melanoma. Therefore we thought to use the digital dermoscopy (DD) technique for the follow-up of congenital nevi. For documentation purposes we registered an overview, and the following standardized dermoscopic images of every lesion: representative architectural pattern, border of the lesion, and regions of “special interest.” In all instances the examination with digital dermoscopy was well tolerated by the patients and the integration of the parents to the “live” examination on the computer screen was appreciated. The follow-up was easy to perform with these standardized documents. We showed the feasibility of follow-up of congenital nevi using digital dermoscopy. Furthermore, we identified three different patterns as well as some typical structures seen in congenital nevi by DD.

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