• Joana Cabete Interna da Formação Específica de Dermatologia e Venereologia/Resident; Serviço de Dermatologia e Venereologia, Hospital de Santo António dos Capuchos – Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Vasco Serrão Assistente Hospitalar de Dermatologia e Venereologia/Consultant; Serviço de Dermatologia e Venereologia, Hospital de Santo António dos Capuchos – Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Alexandre João Assistente Hospitalar de Dermatologia e Venereologia/Consultant; Serviço de Dermatologia e Venereologia, Hospital de Santo António dos Capuchos – Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Stefan Rapprich 3Assistente Hospitalar Graduado de Dermatologia, Venereologia e Alergologia/Graduated Consultant; Hautklinik, Klinikum Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Alemanha
Keywords: Melanoma, ultrasonography, Neoplasm staging, Skin neoplasms


Ultrasonography gained a wider applicability in Dermatology with the emergence of higher frequency probes that allow the visualization of lesions in the skin and subcutaneous tissue. High-resolution ultrasound has developed particularly in the field of malignant melanoma, and has positioned itself not only as an image complement to physical examination, but also as a locoregional staging technique. In fact, ultrasonography is more sensitive than lymph node palpation, it is superior to other imaging techniques when it comes to the early detection of locoregional metastasis and, when performed preliminarily in combination with fine needle aspiration cytology, it may reduce the number of sentinel- -node biopsies. Presently, available studies suggest that ultrasound has a relevant part in the evaluation of locoregional disease, particularly in patients with intermediate or high-risk cutaneous melanoma.


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How to Cite
Cabete, J., Serrão, V., João, A., & Rapprich, S. (2015). ULTRASONOGRAPHY FOR LOCOREGIONAL STAGING AND FOLLOW-UP OF CUTANEOUS MELANOMA. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 73(1), 63-70. https://doi.org/10.29021/spdv.73.1.344
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