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What is a lentigo maligna?

Post excision pathology was "Lentigo maligna - Melanoma in situ" Specialty. Dermatology. Lentigo maligna is where melanocyte cells have become malignant and grow continuously along the stratum basale of the skin, but have not invaded below the epidermis.

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Accordingly, is lentigo maligna cancerous?

Lentigo maligna melanoma is a type of invasive skin cancer. It develops from lentigo maligna, which is sometimes called Hutchinson's melanotic freckle.

Secondly, is lentigo maligna curable? Lentigo maligna can be cured with surgery. However, if the whole area is not removed completely with the appropriate surgery, some may develop into an invasive melanoma. It is therefore important to have it removed with a rim of normal skin (an adequate surgical margin).

Subsequently, question is, what is the difference between lentigo maligna and lentigo maligna melanoma?

Lentigo maligna is an early form of melanoma in which the malignant cells are confined to the tissue of origin, the epidermis, hence it is often reported as 'in situ' melanoma. Lentigo maligna melanoma is diagnosed when the malignant melanoma cells have invaded into the dermis and deeper layers of skin.

What is a lentigo?

nˈta?go?/) (plural lentigines, /l?nˈt?d??niːz/) is a small pigmented spot on the skin with a clearly defined edge, surrounded by normal-appearing skin. It is a harmless (benign) hyperplasia of melanocytes which is linear in its spread.

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