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Thursday 14 August 2008

Arborizing tree vessels

A 79-year-old woman consulted for this lesion near her right ear. This lesion was soft and non ulcerated. The patient did not remember how long it was evolving.

Dermoscopy revealed a homogeneous pattern with many arborizing vessels.

The lesion was excised and pathology was in favor of a benign melanocytic nevus

Arborizing vessels are mainly found in basal cell carcinomas and also rarely in the following lesions:
  • melanocytic nevus
  • melanoma
  • seborrheic keratosis