Increasing The Accuracy Of Melanoma Diagnosis
The diagnosis of pigmented skin lesions is amongst the most challenging and potentially dangerous areas of skin cancer medicine and dermatopathology. In this article, we discuss the limitations of histopathological diagnosis, and point to ways that the clinician may be able to assist the pathologist to minimise adverse outcomes.
Reliability of pathological diagnosis
To a large extent, the pathological diagnosis of melanocytic lesions is subjective. Most lesions can be readily and reliably diagnosed by an experienced pathologist, but some lesions may possess morphological features that are not stereotypical. In such cases, different observers may render different diagnoses and, in a small number of cases, the diagnoses may range between ...