Dermatoscopy of Non-Pigmented Skin Tumors Pink – Think – Blink PDF Free Download
The idea to write a book on dermoscopy of pink lesions is very simple: To date, there is no “pink” book. Although there are many excellent dermoscopy books on pigmented skin tumors that also include some chapters on the dermoscopic aspects and patterns of non-pigmented skin lesions, we believe that pink lesions and their morphological universe deserve their own attention. Since my early days as a dermatology resident in 1999, pink lesions have guided my professional career and captured my attention. Like a kind of destiny, my very first scientific publication reported on a man presenting with two amelanotic melanomas and multiple non-pigmented nevi, which we named white dysplastic nevi because of their characteristic shiny reflective surface when seen in tangential light.1 Equally, my very first presentation at a meeting was on vascular patterns of non-pigmented skin tumors. At that time, basically all the knowledge was based on the pioneering work by Jürgen Kreusch, who—far ahead of his time—recognized the importance of vessels in the diagnosis of pink tumors.2 Much research followed his vision and our knowledge of the morphological variability of pink tumors grew dramatically. Nevertheless, for all of us, the clinical diagnosis of non-pigmented skin lesions is one of the most challenging in our daily routine. A pink lesion could be an inflammatory, infectious, or autoimmune skin lesion or a highly aggressive malignant skin tumor such as amelanotic melanoma. To come to a correct diagnosis or at least an adequate management plan, we need to collect as many pieces of information and put them together like a puzzle.