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B. Echeverría, J.-L. Bulliard, C. Guillén and E. Nagore Indicators for the total number of melanocytic naevi: an adjunct for screening campaigns. Observational study on 292 patients British Journal of Dermatology 170

Article first published online: 13 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12692

What's already known about this topic?

  • In order to phenotype or identify at-risk patients in a rapid and practical manner for large-scale studies or screening campaigns, naevus counts on selected body sites can be used as a proxy for total body naevus count.
  • The correlation between site-specific and total body naevus counts appears to be highest for the arms, although results have not been consistent across studies or sexes.

What does this study add?

  • Our results further support the arm as a practical and reliable site to estimate the total naevus count when screening or phenotyping large populations.
  • Cut-off values of 6, 8 and 11 naevi on the right arm best predicted total naevus count above 25, 50 and 100, respectively.
  • These threshold values provide dermatologists with various degrees of patient risk selection and can be adjusted on an individual basis.

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