Nodular Pattern of Melanoma

  • Guido Massi
  • Philip E. Leboit


The nodular pattern of melanoma has its neoplastic cells largely in the dermis. If an intraepidermal component is present, it does not extend beyond the dermal one. Today, no particular biological or prognostic significance is attributed to this form of melanoma, which lies on a continuum with the superficial spreading pattern. However, the nodular pattern of melanoma deserves a separate mention because of the possible confusion with other malignant neoplasms of the skin, which have similar silhouettes.


Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Superficial Spreading Amelanotic Melanoma Melanocytic Tumor Nodular Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Massi
    • 1
  • Philip E. Leboit
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyCatholic University Medical SchoolRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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