Misdiagnosed, Mistreated And Delay Diagnosed Acral Melanoma: The Atypical Presentations
Scalvenzi M*, Palmisano F and Costa C
Departments of Dermatology, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
- *Corresponding Author:
- Massimiliano Scalvenzi
via Pansini 5, Naples, 80131, Italy
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date:October 25, 2012; Accepted Date:November 19, 2012; Published Date: NovemberB 27, 2012
Citation: Scalvenzi M, Palmisano F, Costa C (2012) Misdiagnosed, Mistreated and Delay Diagnosed Acral Melanoma: The Atypical Presentations. J Clin Exp Dermatol Res S6:002.doi: 10.4172/2155-9554.S6-002
Copyright: ©2012 Scalvenzi M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Acral skin is the most common site of malignant melanoma in non-Caucasian population. Diagnosis in this anatomic site is often delayed because this area is not routinely examined by patients or primary physicians.
Objective: To perform an earlier diagnosis underlining the importance of dermoscopy helping clinicians to differentiate this disease from the other lesions and biopsies will result in more timely diagnoses and improved survival.
Methods: We present 6 case studies visited in our Department of Dermatology of Naples University between October 2010 and September 2012.
Results: These lesions often mimic other entities like warts, calli, bacterial or fungal infections, foreign bodies, vascular lesions, blisters, melanocytic nevi, subungual hematomas, pyogenic granulomas, onychomycosis, keratoacanthomas, diabetic foot ulcers, traumatic lesions that can lead to misdiagnosis and mistreatment.
Conclusions: Awareness of atypical presentations of acral melanoma may be important to decrease misdiagnosis rates and improve patient outcome.