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Dermatopathology 101: Differentiating Melanomas from Unusual Melanocytic Nevi
Monday, March 24
Mile High Ballroom 4ABC
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Payam Abrishami, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Demonstrate the features of subtle melanomas and clues to early lesions.
- Categorize melanocytic nevi using an approach that eliminates need for "grading atypia."
- Assess the uses of immunohistochemical markers and other pertinent testing that can be applied to your clinical practice.
Through original photomicrographs, conventional and challenging examples of melanomas and melanocytic nevi will be presented to the audience, and the criteria for arriving at each diagnosis will be taught. Melanomas are protean and can mimic nearly every pattern of melanocytic nevus. Thus, in order to identify clues to subtle melanomas, it is critical to first recognize the details and nuances of pattern in each type of melanocytic nevus. The session should improve not only your skills and confidence microscopically, but the clinical management of your patients as well. Reporting style and coding will be incorporated.