This atlas, containing a wealth of clinical and dermoscopic images, describes and illustrates the applications of dermoscopy in a wide variety of skin disorders that may be encountered in the pediatric population. Key features and other salient aspects are highlighted with the aim of enabling the clinician to reach a fast and reliable diagnosis in all cases.
Dermoscopy is a non-invasive technique that allows rapid and magnified in vivo observation of the skin, with visualization of morphologic features imperceptible to the naked eye. Dermoscopy has revolutionized the approach to pigmented skin lesions, greatly improving diagnostic accuracy. Furthermore, over the past few years it has been demonstrated to be very useful in the diagnosis, follow-up, and therapeutic monitoring of a range of other skin disorders, including cutaneous/mucosal infections, ectoparasitoses, inflammatory diseases, and hair and nail abnormalities. Being non-invasive, dermoscopy is particularly suitable for use in the pediatric population, in which invasive diagnostic procedures may be problematic.
Giuseppe Micali, MD, is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Dermatology, University of Catania, Italy, and Director of the Residency Program in Dermatology at the university. Dr. Micali has also been a Visiting Professor in the Departments of Dermatology at various universities, including Northwestern University, Chicago, and the University of Miami. He is an honorary member of the American Dermatological Association and a founder member of the Italian Board of Pediatric Dermatology (GIDEP), the Italian Board of Research in Dermo-Venereologic Therapy (GISTD), and the Italian Acne Board (IAB). Dr. Micali is a past Editor of the Journal of Acne and Related Disorders and has served on the editorial boards of various leading journals in the field of dermatology. He is the author of almost 200 original articles in peer-reviewed international journals and has edited seven previous international books/monographs.
Francesco Lacarrubba, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Dermatology Clinic, University of Catania, Italy, having been a researcher in the clinic from 2008 to 2012. Dr. Lacarrubba has published widely on trichology, dermoscopy, and other non-invasive techniques and is the author of 67 original articles in international peer-reviewed journals as well as many book chapters. He has also actively participated in the most important Dermatology meetings in Italy, Europe, and the USA over the past 20 years. Dr. Lacarrubba is an editorial board member of Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia and International Journal of Trichology and a reviewer for various other journals, including Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and Journal of Dermatological Treatment.