Childhood Melanoma

  • Elisabetta Fulgione
  • Elvira Moscarella
  • Graziella Babino
  • Elena De Col
  • Vincenzo Piccolo
  • Giuseppe ArgenzianoEmail author


Childhood melanoma is rare, accounting for approximately 2% of all pediatric malignant tumors. In pigmented melanoma, the multicomponent pattern is the most frequently observable dermatoscopic aspect, whereas in amelanotic melanoma a polymorphous vascular pattern, often associated with remnants of pigmentation, is usually detected. Less frequent features, but highly specific for nodular amelanotic melanoma, are the milky red globules, characterized by reddish-whitish color, irregular size, and blurred borders. Dermatoscopy, in addition to conventional and modified EFG (Elevation, Firmness, Growing) criteria, helps in detecting childhood melanoma, although histopathology is mandatory for the diagnosis.


Childhood melanoma Pigmented melanoma Hypomelanotic/amelanotic melanoma Multicomponent pattern Polymorphous vascular pattern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabetta Fulgione
    • 1
  • Elvira Moscarella
    • 1
    • 2
  • Graziella Babino
    • 1
  • Elena De Col
    • 1
  • Vincenzo Piccolo
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Argenziano
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Dermatology UnitUniversity of CampaniaNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Dermatology and Skin Cancer UnitArcispedale S. Maria Nuova, IRCCSReggio EmiliaItaly

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