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Dermoscopy to Identify Dermal Thinning

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  • Arielle Nagler M.D.,

    1. Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University Medical Center, New York, New York
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  • Joni Mazza M.D.,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York
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  • Erin Kil M.D.,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York
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  • Nanette B. Silverberg M.D.

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, New York
    • Address correspondence to Nanette B. Silverberg, M.D., Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, 1090 Amsterdam Ave. Suite 11D, New York, NY 10025, or e-mail: nsilverb@chpnet.org.

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Abstract

Biopsying of children is often difficult to accomplish and traumatic. Consequently, techniques that avert biopsy are welcome in children. We describe the use of handheld dermoscopy for confirmation of the diagnosis of lesions with dermal thinning, including focal dermal hypoplasia, aplasia cutis, and striae. The major advantage of this technique is rapid diagnosis in the absence of a surgical procedure.

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