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Early detection of cutaneous melanoma by sequential digital dermatoscopy (SDD)
Article first published online: 4 MAR 2013
© The Authors • Journal compilation © Blackwell Verlag GmbH, Berlin
JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft
Volume 11, Issue 6, pages 509–512, June 2013
How to Cite
Kraus, S. L. and Haenssle, H. A. (2013), Early detection of cutaneous melanoma by sequential digital dermatoscopy (SDD). JDDG: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, 11: 509–512. doi: 10.1111/ddg.12072
- Issue published online: 30 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 4 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Received: 10 DEC 2012
The early diagnosis and excision of cutaneous melanoma is essential for an improved prognosis of the disease. Besides the investigation of pigmented lesions with the unaided eye and conventional dermatoscopy, long-term sequential digital dermatoscopy has been shown to improve the sensitivity of melanoma detection, especially in high-risk patients. In addition to the static clinical and dermatoscopic assessment, the sequential digital dermatoscopy strategy helps to detect changes over time. This review summarizes the latest developments in the field of sequential digital dermatoscopy, describes current strategies for the selection of patients and lesions to monitor, and suggests objective criteria that should lead to an excisional biopsy.