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160107 - AJGP Clinical Challenge June 2019: Pigmented skin lesions

  • : Online

 

To provide guidance for general practitioners about the diagnosis and management of pigmented skin lesions in general practice in Australia.

Relevance to General Practice

Pigmented skin lesions are common in general practice. In 2019, it is estimated that 15,229 Australians will be diagnosed with melanoma. Survival for patients with malignant skin lesions depends on early diagnosis and appropriate management. Punch and shave biopsies should not be performed on suspicious pigmented lesions because histological interpretation and diagnosis is difficult. New diagnostic techniques and medications offer better long-term outcomes for patients with melanoma. Sentinel lymph node biopsy and ultrasonography with fine needle aspiration is useful for assessing and treating malignant lesions. In addition, several new medications have shown improved survival rates in randomised controlled trials of high-risk patients with melanoma. The role of GPs in managing pigmented skin lesions, in collaboration with melanoma units where appropriate, may involve ongoing skin surveillance, identification of new tumours and management of medications. References on file.

Learning outcomes
  • Create a practice recall program that general practitioners can use to identify and regularly follow-up patients with suspicious pigmented skin lesions
  • Review new medications for melanoma, including their role, expected benefits and risk of adverse events
  • Identify why punch biopsy is inappropriate for some pigmented lesions and the alternative options available
  • Assess clinical information that general practitioners can provide to pathologists to facilitate accurate diagnosis of melanocytic tumours
  • Explain the purpose of sentinel lymph node biopsy and ultrasonography with fine needle aspiration in assessing patients with melanoma
  • Delivery
    Title
    160107 - AJGP Clinical Challenge June 2019: Pigmented skin lesions
    Location
    Duration
    2 hours
    Start Date
    30-Jul-2019
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD Points
    2 hours
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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