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Case Number : Case 2962 - 12 November 2021 Posted By: Dr. Richard Carr

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F60. Longstanding mole on the calf. Has changed over last 6/12 becoming slightly darker and slightly larger. Has numerous other dark moles (none biopsied previously).


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sfwenson

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Looks dysplastic, maybe severe with some superficial regressive changes and patchy early pagetoid spread. I don't think it's enough for me to go to MMIS/MM but it might be on its way there.

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vincenzo

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1 hour ago, sfwenson said:

Looks dysplastic, maybe severe with some superficial regressive changes and patchy early pagetoid spread. I don't think it's enough for me to go to MMIS/MM but it might be on its way there.

Agree. The sovrapapillary epidermal plate is often infiltration-free. So my conclusion is: confluence ( so important in melanoma ) is missing.

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msofopoulos

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Looks like Dysplastic nevus. MelanA shows some confluence but I agreee with Vicenzo and Sfwenson that it is not enough to call it insitu. I would like to see a sox10 just to be sure.

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Meenakshi Batrani

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Agree with dysplastic nevus. PRAME is not expressed, no loss of p16 also not supportive of melanoma.

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Dr. Richard Carr

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I favoured a challenging, dysplastic, slightly spitzoid, naevus (Clark & Spitz = SPARK). Agree p16 and PRAME appear to support the diagnosis. I've found the PRAME was supportive of a favoured diagnosis in 87% of cases now (39/45 supporting my favoured diagnosis, limiting to cases in which I was not on the middle of the fence). I'm now using PRAME routinely in challenging cases and it's good to assess for pre-existing naevi, Breslow measurement, growth phase and margins assessments with some caveats. 

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Dr. Richard Carr

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Forgot to say well done on the excellent responses. Sometimes it's difficult not to call everything challenging or difficult melanoma by default although I think we should have robust criteria for melanoma and when we don't have a diagnostic lesion I think admitting uncertainty is key and making sure the lesion is out with a clear margin whenever possible. 

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