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Autumn 2007, Vol. 15 No. 3

Hong Kong J. Dermatol. Venereol. (2007) 15, 129-131


Pearls in Dermatology

How I perform dermoscopic examination of pigmented skin lesions

HHF Ho 何慶豐

Abstract
The dermoscope is a useful instrument which helps dermatologist to make an accurate diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions. It renders the epidermis transparent and gives a magnified view into a lesion. Three examples are quoted: a basal cell carcinoma in conjunction with a seborrheic keratosis, multiple basal cell carcinoma and a malignant melanoma. They demonstrate how a dermoscope helps dermatologists to diagnose and manage pigmented lesions.