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Articles by A. Ferrari
Based on 7 articles published since 2009
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Between 2009 and 2019, A. Ferrari wrote the following 7 articles about Melanoma.
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1 Guideline Spitz/Reed nevi: proposal of management recommendations by the Dermoscopy Study Group of the Italian Society of Dermatology (SIDeMaST). 2014

Broganelli, P / Titli, S / Lallas, A / Alaibac M Annetta, A / Battarra, V / Brunetti, B / Castagno, I / Cavicchini, S / Ferrari, A / Ghigliotti, G / Landi, C / Manganoni, A / Moscarella, E / Pellacani, G / Pizzichetta, M A / Rosina, P / Rubegni, P / Satta, R / Scalvenzi, M / Stanganelli, I / Stinco, G / Zalaudek, I / Zampieri, P / Argenziano, G / Anonymous1410806. ·Department of Oncology and Hematology, Section of Dermatology, City of Health and Science Hospital of Turin, Turin, Italy - paolobroganelli@inwind.it. ·G Ital Dermatol Venereol · Pubmed #25213387.

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2 Article Reflectance confocal microscopy analysis of equivocal melanocytic lesions with severe regression. 2018

Agozzino, M / Ferrari, A / Cota, C / Franceschini, C / Buccini, P / Eibenshutz, L / Ardigò, M. ·Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Naples, Italy. · Department of Oncologic Dermatology, San Gallicano Dermatological Institute - IRCCS, Rome, Italy. · Dermatopathology Unit, San Gallicano Dermatological Institute - IRCCS, Rome, Italy. · Dermatology Unit, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. · Department of Dermatologic Clinic, San Gallicano Dermatological Institute - IRCCS, Rome, Italy. ·Skin Res Technol · Pubmed #28543606.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The differential diagnosis between regressing nevi and melanoma might be challenging; regressing areas can represent a confounding factor for the diagnosis and the histology still remain mandatory to rule out melanoma. Reflectance confocal microscopy may add valuable information by revealing features suggestive of the nature of the melanocytic proliferation. OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of confocal microscopy in the management of regressive melanocytic lesions. METHODS: The dermoscopic analysis of 92 melanocytic lesions showing that more than 30% of regressions have been retrospectively considered, among them, 32 melanocytic lesions with a 7 check point list ≥3 they were assessed at the rcm and subsequently excised. For each selected lesion, dermoscopic features of regression (white scar-like areas, blue areas, blue white areas), distribution of regressing areas (central, peripheral, or both) and the percentage of regression have been examined by an expert in dermoscopy, blinded to the histological and confocal diagnosis. Subsequently, two experts in confocal microscopy revaluated, blinded from histology, RCM images. RESULTS: Of the 32 lesions analyzed, 23 (71.5%) were diagnosed histologically as nevi, and 9 (28.5%) as melanomas. 26 of 32 lesions (81.5%) exhibited regression >50% of the overall. On RCM, 11 lesions have been interpreted as malignant and 21 as benign. On RCM the majority of nevi exhibited regular architecture without cytological atypia. Epidermal disarray, pagetoid infiltration, disarranged dermo-epidermal junction architecture and atypical nests were considered as suspicious for malignancy. Good concordance between confocal readers has been detected. CONCLUSION: A combined dermoscopic/confocal approach can be used for the management of lesions exhibiting dermoscopic features of regression in order to provide a more conclusive pre-histological diagnosis avoiding a high number of unnecessary excisions. Limits of this study were represented by the relatively small number of lesions and the retrospective approach. Further, prospective studies on a larger number of cases, will be necessary in order to compare the efficacy of dermoscopy alone versus dermoscopy in combination with RCM for the evaluation of regression, suspected pigmented lesions.

3 Article Is the prognosis and course of acral melanoma related to site-specific clinicopathological features? 2016

Paolino, G / Bekkenk, M W / Didona, D / Eibenschutz, L / Richetta, A G / Cantisani, C / Viti, G / Carbone, A / Buccini, P / De Simone, P / Ferrari, A / Scali, E / Calvieri, S / Silipo, V / Cigna, E / Viti, G P / Bottoni, U. ·Dermatologic Clinic, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Rome, Italy. carmencantisanister@gmail.com. ·Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci · Pubmed #27010139.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Acral melanoma is an uncommon type of melanoma in Caucasian patients. However, acral melanoma is the most common type of melanoma in African and Asian patients. Comparison analyses between hand-acral melanoma and foot-acral melanoma have been rarely reported in the literature. Acral melanoma is an uncommon melanocytic tumor characterized by an intrinsic aggressiveness, with specific histological and clinicopathological features. Acral melanoma involves the palms, soles and sub-ungueal sites. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 244 patients with acral melanoma were included in our analysis. The current study was performed in three different medical centers: Sapienza University of Rome, San Gallicano Institute of Rome and University of Magna Graecia (Italy). The Kaplan-Meier product was used to estimate survival curves for disease-free survival and overall survival. The log-rank test was used to evaluate differences between the survival curves. Assuming that the effects of the predictor variables are constant over time, the independent predictive factors were assessed by Spearman's test and subsequently data were analyzed performing Cox proportional-hazard regression. RESULTS: In both univariate and multivariate analyses Breslow thickness (p < 0.0001) and ulceration (p = 0.003) remained the main predictors. General BRAF mutation was detected in 13.8% of cases. We found that median Breslow value and the percentage of recurrences were similar in hand-acral melanoma and foot-acral melanoma, as well as there were no differences in both short and long-term. CONCLUSIONS: The absence of differences in survival between hand-acral melanoma and foot-acral melanoma shows that the aggressiveness of the disease is related to distinct mutational rate, as well as to anatomical site-specific features, rather than to the visibility of the primary lesion.

4 Article Melanoma detection in Italian pigmented lesion clinics. 2014

Argenziano, G / Moscarella, E / Annetta, A / Battarra, V C / Brunetti, B / Buligan, C / Cantisani, C / Capizzi, R / Carbone, A / Carlino, A / Corsetti, V / Damiano, A / De Salvo, V / De Simone, P / Di Caterino, P / Fargnoli, M C / Ferrari, A / Fossati, B / Frascione, P / Ghigliotti, G / González Inchaurraga, M A / Guerriero, C / Landi, C / Mazzoni, L / Mirizzi, S / Palazzo, G / Pedretti, A / Peris, K / Piemonte, P / Rossi, A / Satta, R / Savoia, F / Scalvenzi, M / Stanganelli, I / Stinco, G / Zampieri, P / Zalaudek, I. ·Skin Cancer Unit Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova IRCCS Reggio Emilia, Italy - g.argenziano@gmail.com. ·G Ital Dermatol Venereol · Pubmed #24819635.

ABSTRACT: AIM: Accuracy in melanoma detection is important to recognize early curable melanomas and to minimize the unnecessary excision of benign lesions. The aim of this paper was to evaluate melanoma screening accuracy of Italian pigmented lesion clinics in terms of number needed to excise (NNE), melanoma thickness, and number of melanomas diagnosed during patient follow-up. METHODS: Information on all skin tumors excised in 2011 were extracted from the databases of the participating centers. Information whether the lesion was excised at the baseline examination or during patient follow-up was recorded, as well as the overall number of patients examined in each center in 2011. RESULTS: After e-mail solicitation, 22 of 40 centers agreed to participate. A total of 8229 excised lesions were collected. The overall number of examined patients was 86.564, thus 9.5% of screened patients had a lesion removed. Of the excised lesions, 866 were diagnosed as melanoma (1% of examined patients) and 5311 (88.9%) were melanocytic nevi. Three NNE were calculated giving values of 7.9 excised lesions to find 1 melanoma, 7.1 melanocytic lesions to find 1 melanoma, and 3.7 lesions to find 1 skin malignancy. The median melanoma thickness was 0.6 mm, with only 15.1% of melanomas ≥ 1 mm of thickness. Melanomas detected over time were 96 (11.1%; mean thickness, 0.3 mm), with 15.6% of lesions excised after short-term follow-up and 84.4% after long-term follow-up. CONCLUSION: The NNE values comparable to those achieved in specialized clinical settings and the high number of early melanomas diagnosed at the baseline examination or during patient follow-up indicate a high level of accuracy in melanoma screening achieved by Italian pigmented lesion clinics.

5 Article Seven-point checklist of dermoscopy revisited. 2011

Argenziano, G / Catricalà, C / Ardigo, M / Buccini, P / De Simone, P / Eibenschutz, L / Ferrari, A / Mariani, G / Silipo, V / Sperduti, I / Zalaudek, I. ·Dermatology Unit, 1st Medical Department, Arcispedale Santa Maria Nuova, 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy. g.argenziano@gmail.com ·Br J Dermatol · Pubmed #21175563.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Most dermoscopic algorithms to diagnose melanoma were established more than 10 years ago and have been tested primarily on clear-cut melanomas and excised melanocytic naevi. OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic performance of pattern analysis and seven-point checklist on lesions that reflect the current clinical setting, compared with a revised seven-point checklist with a lower threshold for excision. METHODS: Eight experienced dermatologists viewed dermoscopic images of 100 excised melanomas, 100 excised naevi and 100 monitored naevi. Each lesion was evaluated by pattern analysis and scored as naevus, melanoma or lesion to be excised. Images were then evaluated using the seven-point criteria, with both standard and revised thresholds for excision. RESULTS: Pooled data using the pattern analysis algorithm showed that 82% of melanomas and 87·5% of monitored naevi were correctly scored as lesion to be excised and benign naevus, respectively. Using the standard and revised thresholds for the seven-point checklist, excision was recommended for 77·9% and 87·8% of the lesions in the melanoma set, respectively. The standard threshold produced 'no excision' recommendations for 85·6% of the monitored naevi, compared with 74·5% using the revised threshold. Pattern analysis, standard seven-point and revised seven-point algorithms resulted in recommendations of 'excision' for 63·6%, 60·3% and 72·0% of the excised naevi, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The diagnostic approach to naevi and melanoma should be adapted to the current clinical setting, in which patients may present with early-stage melanomas and multiple atypical naevi. To increase sensitivity, a revised seven-point checklist with a lower threshold for excision should be used.

6 Article A fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) procedure to assist in differentiating benign from malignant melanocytic lesions. 2009

Clemente, C / Bettio, D / Venci, A / Scopsi, L / Rao, S / Ferrari, A / Piris, A / Mihm, M C. ·Pathology and Cytopathology Unit, Casa di Cura San Pio X, Milan, Italy. ·Pathologica · Pubmed #20218056.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: Misdiagnosis of melanocytic lesions can result in unnecessary psychological distress to patients, under- or overtreatment, inaccurate prognosis and improper follow-up and family member surveillance. It is well recognized that, despite many attempts to 1) put forth a set of histologic criteria that can accurately and reproducibly be used to diagnose melanocytic lesions, and 2) identify reliable markers of malignancy as an adjunct to routine histopathology, misdiagnoses still occur in a significant number of cases. METHOD: A multi-color FISH probe mixture has been devised to assist pathologists in differential diagnosis of difficult melanocytic lesions. The mixture includes a centromeric probe for chromosome 6 and unique sequence probes for three other chromosomal regions that have most frequently shown amplifications or deletions in melanoma. We have carried out a preliminary evaluation of this new probe set in 25 cases of benign and malignant pigmented lesions. RESULTS: The tool reliably identified all nevi and ordinary melanomas, and only failed to identify a pigmented epithelioid melanocytoma and two malignant lesions that, by morphology and behavior, have distinct features from common invasive melanomas, i.e., a desmoplastic melanoma and a nevoid melanoma. Considering this, 100% specificity and 75% sensitivity was achieved. CONCLUSION: The FISH tool used in this study was able to separate accurately benign nevi from ordinary melanoma. Failure to identify uncommon melanocytic lesions adds to its advantage and calls for further studies to unveil the molecular profile of these rare entities.

7 Minor Noninvasive assessment of benign pigmented genital lesions using reflectance confocal microscopy. 2015

Agozzino, M / Buccini, P / Catricalà, C / Covello, R / Donadio, C / Ferrari, A / Franceschini, C / Sperduti, I / Ardigò, M. ·Department of Oncologic Dermatology, San Gallicano Dermatologic Institute, IRCCS, Via Chianesi 53, 00144, Rome, Italy. · Department of Pathology, Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy. · Department of Biomorphological and Functional Sciences, Pathology Section, University of Naples 'Federico II', Naples, Italy. · Dermatologic Unit, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. · Biostatistical Unit, Scientific Direction, San Gallicano Dermatologic Institute, IRCCS, Via Chianesi 53, 00144, Rome, Italy. · Department of Clinical Dermatology, San Gallicano Dermatologic Institute, IRCCS, Via Chianesi 53, 00144, Rome, Italy. ·Br J Dermatol · Pubmed #26076369.

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