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The ABCD Rule of Dermatoscopy (Total Dermatoscopic Score, TDS)

Purpose:

To examine a pigmented skin lesion using the ABCD rule for dermatoscopy.

Specialty:

Dermatology
Hematology Oncology

Objective:

clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics, other testing, criteria for diagnosis

ICD-10:

C43, D22

Description:

Stolz, Nachbar et al developed a score for pigmented skin lesions viewed by dermatoscopy based on the ABCD rule. This can help separate benign from potentially malignant lesions. The authors are from the Universities of Munich and Regensburg and Dermatology Associates in Tallahassee, Florida.

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