A Current Dilemma in Histopathology: Atypical Spitz Tumor or Spitzoid Melanoma?
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2002
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 99–102, March/April 2002
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Gurbuz, Y., Apaydin, R., Muezzinoğlu, B. and Buyukbabani, N. (2002), A Current Dilemma in Histopathology: Atypical Spitz Tumor or Spitzoid Melanoma?. Pediatric Dermatology, 19: 99–102. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1470.2002.00056.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2002
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2002
Both clinically and histopathologically, melanoma of childhood is a rarely encountered lesion. In addition, it has particular histopathologic diagnostic problems. Differential diagnosis of this lesion and Spitz nevus is at times very problematic, in that distant metastases and death of the patient may be the only diagnostic criteria for some cases. We present a 4-year-old girl with an atypical melanocytic neoplasm with Spitzoid features on the left subscapular region.