Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases

  • Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
  • Giovanni Pellacani
  • Joseph Malvehy
  • Hans Peter Soyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Confocal Reflectance Microscopy: The Essentials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elisabeth M. T. Wurm, Hans Peter Soyer
      Pages 3-5
    3. Isabel Kolm, Ralph P. Braun
      Pages 7-10
    4. Elisabeth M. T. Wurm, Isabel Kolm, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess
      Pages 11-19
  3. Normal Skin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Susana Puig, Cristina Carrera, Gabriel Salerni, Joanne Rocha-Portela
      Pages 23-31
    3. Susana Puig, Cristina Carrera, Louise Lovato, Myrna Hanke-Martinez
      Pages 33-38
  4. Melanocytic Lesions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Barbara Ferrari, Hans Peter Soyer, Alice Casari, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 41-58
    3. Gaia Pupelli, Leonardo Veneziano, Caterina Longo, Gisele Gargantini Rezze, Hans Peter Soyer, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 59-70
  5. Melanocytic Lesions: Nevi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Sara Bassoli, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Alice Casari, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 73-86
    3. Giovanni Pellacani, Francesca Farnetani, Giuseppe Argenziano, Iris Zalaudek, Caterina Longo, Melissa Gill
      Pages 87-98
    4. Sara Bassoli, Caterina Longo, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 99-114
    5. Pantea Hashemi, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Harold S. Rabinovitz, Alon Scope
      Pages 115-131
    6. Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Edith Arzberger, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Alon Scope
      Pages 133-147
  6. Melanocytic Lesions: Melanoma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Caterina Longo, Alice Casari, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 151-178
    3. Caterina Longo, Alice Casari, Giuseppe Argenziano, Iris Zalaudek, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 179-196
    4. Joseph Malvehy, Susana Puig, Cristina Carrera, Sonia Segura
      Pages 197-212
    5. Pascale Guitera
      Pages 213-227
    6. Pascale Guitera
      Pages 229-235
  7. Nonmelanocytic Skin Lesions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Josep Malvehy, Myrna Hanke-Martinez, Joanne Costa, Gabriel Salerni, Cristina Carrera, Susana Puig
      Pages 239-252
    3. Harold S. Rabinovitz, Margaret Oliviero, Joseph Malvehy, Susana Puig
      Pages 253-258
    4. Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Richard G. B. Langley, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
      Pages 259-270
    5. Pantea Hashemi, Harold S. Rabinovitz, Ashfaq A. Marghoob, Alon Scope
      Pages 271-284
    6. Martina Ulrich, Susanne Astner
      Pages 285-295
    7. Theresa Cao, Margaret Oliviero, Harold S. Rabinovitz
      Pages 297-307
    8. Regina Fink-Puches, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess, Edith Arzberger, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
      Pages 309-321
    9. Elvira Moscarella, Iris Zalaudek, Gerardo Ferrara, Caterina Catricalà, Giuseppe Argenziano
      Pages 323-346
  8. Inflammatory Skin Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 347-347
    2. Marco Ardigò, Marina Agozzino
      Pages 349-365
    3. Marina Agozzino, Elvira Moscarella, Silvana Trincone, Marco Ardigò
      Pages 367-379
    4. Susanne Astner, Martina Ulrich
      Pages 381-389
    5. Elvira Moscarella, Marina Agozzino, Claudia Cavallotti, Marco Ardigò
      Pages 391-400
    6. Marina Agozzino, Elvira Moscarella, Marco Ardigò
      Pages 401-413
  9. Monitoring of Skin Lesions and Therapy Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Edith Arzberger, Josef Smolle, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess
      Pages 417-434
    3. Martina Ulrich, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess
      Pages 435-447
    4. Giovanni Pellacani, Caterina Longo, Marco Ardigò
      Pages 455-465
  10. Future Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 467-467
    2. Elisabeth M. T. Wurm, Caterina Longo, Paul Hemmer, Giovanni Pellacani
      Pages 469-474
    3. Chris Glazowski, Zhao Wang, James M. Zavislan
      Pages 483-490
  11. Glossary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 497-500

About this book


In recent years the relevance of non-invasive bioimaging techniques in the field of melanoma screening has steadily increased. In the new era of “clinicoimaging” diagnosis, reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) will have a major impact on the diagnosis and management of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases.


This book focuses on the use and significance of in vivo RCM for non-invasive high-resolution imaging of the skin. All of the chapters in this hands-on guide are generously illustrated with numerous confocal images and structured in a reader-friendly way. The contents include:

•          detailed information on the most relevant and up-to-date aspects of RCM,

•          schematic drawings summarizing and explaining the most important RCM criteria, and

•          a chapter specifically devoted to bridging the gap between dermoscopy, RCM, and histopathology.

At the end of each chapter, core messages recapitulate the most pertinent aspects.


Reflectance Confocal Microscopy for Skin Diseases will be a valuable resource for all physicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases


Inflammatory skin disease Melanocytic lesions Melanoma Non-melanocytic lesions RCM

Editors and affiliations

  • Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof
    • 1
  • Giovanni Pellacani
    • 2
  • Joseph Malvehy
    • 3
  • Hans Peter Soyer
    • 4
  1. 1.Klinik für Dermatologie und VenerologieUniversitätsklinikum GrazGrazAustria
  2. 2.Dipto. DermatologíaUniversità de Modena y Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  3. 3.Barcelona, Melanoma UnitHospital Clínic i Provincial deBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4., Princess Alexandra HospitalThe University of Queensland School ofBrisbaneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-21996-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-21997-9
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