ABCDE Criteria May Not Be Accurate In Children, Adolescents

ABCDE Criteria May Not Be Accurate In Children, Adolescents

Conventional criteria for diagnosing melanoma may not be accurate in children and adolescents, suggest results published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The “checklist of symptoms known as ABCDE – Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variegation, Diameter (>6 mm), Evolution (any morphologic or symptomatic change in the lesion) – are commonly used to give a first diagnosis of suspected melanoma.” But, although “these criteria are largely accurate in the adult population, in the current study, 60% of children under the age of 10 years (group A) and 40% of adolescents aged 11-19 years (group B) with melanoma or ambiguous melanocytic tumors did not present with these features.”

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