Utility of the Wood's light: Five cases from a pigmented lesion clinic Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Melanoma
  • Nevus, Pigmented
  • Skin Neoplasms
  • Ultraviolet Rays


  • We demonstrate the utility of the Wood's light in a practice that specializes in the evaluation of pigmented lesions. The Wood's light assisted the physician in locating the site of a completely regressed primary cutaneous melanoma, determining the clinical borders of a lentigo maligna melanoma, differentiating between agminated naevi and a naevus spilus and detecting the recurrence of pigmentation after the excision of a dysplastic naevus, and also proved useful in monitoring a large segmental speckled atypical lentiginous naevus for change. Despite the availability of many 'high-tech' imaging and diagnostic devices designed to evaluate skin lesions, the relatively simple Wood's lamp continues to be of great value. We encourage physicians not to abandon the use of the Wood's light in their clinical practice.

publication date

  • May 2005



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2005.06346.x

PubMed ID

  • 15888167

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1039

end page

  • 44


  • 152


  • 5