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Role of Dermoscopy in the Assessment of Basal Cell Carcinoma

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ioana Cosgarea



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© Copyright © 2021 Ungureanu, Cosgarea, Şenilǎ and Vasilovici. Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common cancers in white people, with a continuous increase worldwide. Dermoscopy, a non-invasive technique, allows early diagnosis based on the presence of typical vascular structures, pigmented structures, and ulceration and the absence of specific melanocytic structures. Moreover, dermoscopy is useful in basal cell carcinoma management, enabling the differentiation between multiple histological subtypes, between pigmented and non-pigmented variants and allowing a more accurate assessment of surgical margins. After non-ablative therapies, dermoscopy allows the accurate detection of residual disease. The purpose of this review is to highlight the dermoscopic features encountered in basal cell carcinoma and to outline the role of dermoscopy for diagnosis and therapeutic response in this cancer.

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Author(s): Ungureanu L, Cosgarea I, Senila S, Vasilovici A

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Frontiers in Medicine

Year: 2021

Volume: 8

Online publication date: 20/08/2021

Acceptance date: 29/07/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2296-858X

Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.


DOI: 10.3389/fmed.2021.718855