Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science




Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA



Purpose: To discuss the role of dermoscopy in dermatology practice.

Method: PubMed was utilized for a literature search, with search terms such as dermoscopy, dermatoscopic exam, dermoscopy in dermatology, utilization of dermoscopy and dermoscopy terminology. Thirteen journal articles were selected and utilized for this clinical review.

Results: Dermoscopy is a popular non-invasive technique to aid in the diagnosis of non-neoplastic and neoplastic growths. Dermoscopy terminology continues to be a topic of discussion among experts. Dermoscopy will continue to be a tool used by dermatology providers to enhance diagnostic capabilities of melanoma and other dermatological manifestations.

Conclusion: Dermoscopy is a non-invasive study that allows the visualization of the epidermis, dermoepidermal junction, and the papillary dermis that is not visible to the naked eye. Dermoscopy terminology used to describe certain structures has been known to change, therefore continual training and review in imperative. Dermoscopy can aide in the diagnosis of melanoma for experienced clinicians, it will continue to play an integral role in dermatology practice.

Keywords: dermoscopy, dermatology, role in dermatology, dermoscopy diagnosis


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