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Spitzoid melanoma

Spitzoid melanoma: Introduction

Spitzoid melanoma: A Spitz melanoma is a type of skin tumour. They can also be called Spitz tumours, melanocytomas of Spitz, benign juvenile naevus and epithelioid cell naevus. They appear as smooth, round, dull pinkish swellings that grow to a size of about a centimetre over a period of 6 to 12 months. They then often turn darker to a tan or brown colour.Spitz melanomas are completely benign (non cancerous). More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Spitzoid melanoma is available below.

Symptoms of Spitzoid melanoma

  • Asymmetrical skin lesion.
  • Border of the lesion is irregular.
  • Color: melanomas usually have multiple colors.
  • Diameter: moles greater than 6 mm are more likely to be melanomas than smaller moles.
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Treatments for Spitzoid melanoma

  • Adjuvant interferon (IFN) alfa-2b is the only adjuvant therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for high-risk melanoma (currently defined as stages IIB, IIC, and III), which is associated with a 40-80% chance of relapse and death
  • Surgical excision
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Spitzoid melanoma: Complications

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Causes of Spitzoid melanoma

  • Generally, an individual's risk for developing melanoma depends on two groups of factors: intrinsic and environmental. "Intrinsic" factors are generally an individual's family history and inherited genotype, while the most relevant environmental factor is sun exposure
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Spitzoid melanoma: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Spitzoid melanoma

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Spitzoid melanoma: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Spitzoid melanoma

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Spitzoid melanoma: Rare Types

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Spitzoid melanoma: Animations

Prognosis for Spitzoid melanoma

Prognosis for Spitzoid melanoma: Features that affect prognosis are tumor thickness in millimeters (Breslow's depth), depth related to skin structures (Clark level), type of melanoma, presence of ulceration, presence of lymphatic/perineural invasion, presence of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (if present, prognosis is better), location of lesion, presence of satellite lesions, and presence of regional or distant metastasis.

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