Malignant Melanoma Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Sep 01, 2020
  • Author: Winston W Tan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Differentials to consider in the diagnosis of malignant melanoma include the following conditions:

  • Benign melanocytic lesions

  • Dysplastic nevus

  • Squamous cell carcinoma

  • Metastatic tumors to the skin

  • Blue nevus

  • Epithelioid (Spitz) tumor

  • Pigmented spindle cell tumor

  • Halo nevus

  • Atypical fibroxanthoma

  • Pigmented actinic keratosis

  • Sebaceous carcinoma

  • Histiocytoid hemangioma

Also see Lentigo Maligna Melanoma, Oral Malignant Melanoma, and Head and Neck Mucosal Melanomas.

Differential Diagnoses