The role of dermoscopy in non-pigmented skin disorders

Hafiza Fathan, Wresti Indriatmi, Rahadi Rihatmadja, Inge Ade Krisanti

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The use of dermoscopy in non-pigmented skin disorders includes dermoscopy as a diagnostic tool for non-pigmented skin tumors, inflammatory diseases (inflammoscopy) and/or infectious disease (entomodermoscopy), lesions on nail fold and as a tool to monitor skin reaction as a response to treatment and/or side effect. The diagnosis becomes easier, faster and less expensive with dermoscopy without the need for invasive procedures. Knowledge on vascular pattern and its architectural arrangement; which is coupled with additional dermoscopic features, can aid clinicians to the diagnosis. Dermatoscopy can also predict, monitor and evaluate therapeutical response and/or side effect of skin disorders. Nonetheless, dermoscopy has its limitations. Many of various non-pigmented disorders have more specific clinical features than dermoscopic ones, for clinicians to rely on to establish a diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-53
JournalJournal of General-Procedural Dermatology & Venereology Indonesia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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