Diagnosis of pigmented lesions in primary care

A new scoring algorithm has been developed for diagnosing pigmented lesions

SIAscopy has been shown to increase diagnostic accuracy in melanoma, but the original diagnostic algorithm did not perform well. Researchers have now developed a new scoring algorithm for diagnosis of pigmented lesions in primary care.

This study was carried out in 6 general practices in the UK and 2 primary care cancer clinics in Australia. In total, 858 patients with 1,211 pigmented lesions were recruited.

The sensitivity and specificity of the primary care algorithm was 0.50 and 0.84 in the UK and 0.44 and 0.95 in Australia, respectively. This scoring system could be useful in primary care management of pigmented lesions, but further studies are needed.
Emery JD, Hunter J, Hall PN et al. BMC Dermatology 2010; 10: 9

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