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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-95

Correlation of clinicodermatoscopic and Wood’s lamp findings in patients having melasma

1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & AVBR Hospital, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 , India

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Dr. Rupali Dharni
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, OPD-19, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College & AVBR Hospital, Sawangi Meghe, Wardha 442001, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/Pigmentinternational.Pigmentinternational_

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Introduction: Melasma is a commonly acquired pigmentary disorder that manifests as symmetric hyperpigmented macules and patches on the face. Aim: To correlate Wood’s lamp and dermatoscopic findings in patients having melasma. Materials and Methods: A total of 80 patients who were clinically diagnosed with melasma were examined under a Wood’s lamp and dermatoscope, and all the findings were recorded and analyzed. Result: The degree of agreement between the Wood’s lamp findings and dermatoscopic findings was found to be substantial as analyzed by kappa statistics with K = 0.813 and P = 0.0001 (significant). Conclusion: Dermatoscopy is advocated globally as a screening and diagnostic procedure for melasma and other pigmentary disorders, especially for earlier therapeutic intervention targeting different stages and mechanisms involved in pathogenesis.

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