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PINHEIRO, Ana Maria Costa et al. Spitz nevus: a case report and the use of dermoscopy. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2010, vol.85, n.4, pp.555-557. ISSN 0365-0596.

The Spitz nevus is a benign melanocytic lesion with clinical and histopathological features similar to those of melanoma. It was first described in 1948 but great controversy still remains today with respect to its diagnosis and management. The use of dermoscopy may increase diagnostic accuracy. In Spitz nevus, the most common dermoscopic finding is a starburst-like pattern, followed by globular and atypical patterns. Diagnosis must be confirmed by histopathology, particularly in atypical cases.

Keywords : Dermatoscopy; Melanoma; Nevus, epithelioid and spindle cell.

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