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F093 - Practical Management of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions

Sunday, February 18; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Implement strategies in clinical practice to accurately monitor atypical nevus patients while avoiding unnecessary biopsies.
  • Recognize clinical features of concerning melanocytic lesions on the scalp/face vs. trunk/extremity vs. acral areas in complex nevus patients.
  • Describe challenges in biopsying pigmented lesions and strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy.


Dermatologists are faced with the difficult task of evaluating and managing patients with atypical melanocytic lesions. This forum will review practical strategies for the evaluation of patients with complex nevus exams and the process of deciding to biopsy a lesion. Clinical case examples utilizing clinical as well as dermoscopic photos of challenging pigmented lesion patients will be presented by location, including scalp and facial, truncal and extremity, and acral lesions. Challenging biopsy scenarios will also be discussed, with strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy. This forum is directed to all general dermatologists. This activity has been approved by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD) for up to 20 MOC Component 2 Self-Assessment points. For more information about MOC, please visit the ABD website at www.abderm.org.


  • Curiel-Lewandrowski, Clara N., MD: Amendia – C(H); Amgen – C(H);
  • Kim, Caroline C., MD: Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. – I(NC);
  • Ming, Michael E., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Nelson, Kelly C., MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Stein, Jennifer A., MD, PhD: MoleSafe, Inc. – O(Fees); UpToDate, Inc – O(IP);
Sunday, February 18
1:00 PM
Dr. Kim / Introduction/Overview: Practical Management of Atypical Melanocytic Lesions
1:20 PM
Dr. Nelson / Management of Atypical Truncal/Extremity Melanocytic Lesions
1:45 PM
Dr. Stein / Management of Atypical Acral Melanocytic Lesions
2:10 PM
Dr. Curiel-Lewandrowski / Management of Atypical Scalp/Facial Melanocytic Lesions
2:35 PM
Dr. Ming / Biopsying Atypical Melanocytic Lesions
Event Details
  • Date
    Sunday, February 18
  • Time
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Location
    Room 29B
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Clara N. Curiel-Lewandrowski, MD, FAAD
  • Jennifer A. Stein, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout
  • Kelly C. Nelson, MD, FAAD
  • Michael E. Ming, MD, FAAD - Handout