Shiny White Streaks: A Sign of Malignancy at Dermoscopy of Pigmented Skin Lesions

Shiny White Streaks: A Sign of Malignancy at Dermoscopy of Pigmented Skin Lesions

Author Shitara, Danielle Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Ishioka, Priscila Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Alonso-Pinedo, Yarel Google Scholar
Palacios-Bejarano, Leyla Google Scholar
Carrera, Cristina Google Scholar
Malvehy, Josep Google Scholar
Puig, Susana Google Scholar
Institution Hosp Clin Barcelona
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Inst Dermatol Jalisco Dr Jose Barba Rubio
Inst Salud Carlos III
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate the practical importance of the presence of shiny white streaks (SWS) (chrysalis or crystalline structures in polarized dermoscopy) for suspicion of malignancy, diagnosis of melanoma, and pre-operative estimation of Breslow thickness and its correlation with total dermoscopy score (TDS). SWS were present in 13.6% of 800 consecutive excised lesions. the presence of SWS was associated with malignancy (odds ratio (OR) 10.534, 95% confidence interval (95% Cl) 6.357-17.455, p<0.0005), in the context of melanocytic lesions with invasive melanoma (OR 10.333, 95% CI 3.812-28.014) and melanomas with high TDS (OR 6.286, 95% CI 1.673-23.619), but was also a factor in the diagnosis of featureless and some thin melanomas. These results corroborate the clinical applicability of SWS in aiding the diagnosis of malignancy and helping to raise the general dermatologist's awareness in cases of doubt and featureless lesions.
Keywords dermoscopy
shiny white streaks
polarized light
basal cell carcinoma
Language English
Sponsor Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias, Spain
CIBER de Enfermedades Raras of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
Catalan Government, Spain
European Commission
Grant number Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias, Spain: P.I. 09/01393
Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias, Spain: P.I. 12/00840
Catalan Government, Spain: AGAUR 2009 SGR 1337
European Commission: LSHC-CT-2006-018702
Date 2014-01-01
Published in Acta Dermato-venereologica. Uppsala: Acta Dermato-venereologica, v. 94, n. 2, p. 132-137, 2014.
ISSN 0001-5555 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Acta Dermato-venereologica
Extent 132-137
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000332820000001

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