Desmoplastic Melanoma

  • Guido Massi
  • Philip E. Leboit


Desmoplastic melanoma features significant areas with spindled, fibroblast-like melanocytes and abundant collagen. The term desmoplasia comes from the Greek word desmos for tendon, bundle or ligament. Desmoplastic melanoma closely simulates a mesenchymal neoplasm or a fibrotic process with which it is regularly confused.


Spindle Cell Neural Differentiation Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Reticular Dermis Blue Nevus 


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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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