The precursors of malignant melanoma. Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Melanoma
  • Precancerous Conditions
  • Skin Neoplasms

abstract

  • The precursors to melanoma are generally considered to be related to nevi of different types. Here we emphasize the dysplastic nevus, the congenital nevus, and lentigo maligna as specific lesions. The dysplastic nevus is discussed not only as a formal precursor but also as a marker of cutaneous melanoma. The clinical and histologic characteristics are outlined, as well as evidence of progression in dysplastic nevi. The congenital nevus is briefly reviewed and emphasis is placed upon clues to malignant degeneration. The concept of lentigo maligna as a precursor as distinct from an in situ phase is detailed.

publication date

  • January 2002

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 12079242

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 75

end page

  • 84

volume

  • 160