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Open Access Quantitative Analysis of Formaldehyde-induced Fluorescence in Paraffin-embedded Specimens of Malignant Melanomas and Other Melanocytic Lesions

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Inter-observer agreement is problematic in the histopathological diagnosis of melanoma and melanocytic naevi, even among expert pathologists. Formaldehyde-induced fluorescence (FIF) has been used for histochemical demonstration of catecholamines, 5-hydroxytryptamine and their immediate precursors. FIF can detect melanogenic activity and may be useful in differentiating malignant melanoma from other melanocytic lesions. The fluorescence of various types of melanocytic lesions has been previously studied quantitatively in formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded sections. This study compared 2 sets of excitation and emission bands: 450–490 nm excitation/510–560 nm absorption filters (filter unit A) and 480 nm excitation/<510 nm absorption filters (filter unit B). Higher FIF was observed with filter unit A than with filter unit B. FIF intensity of central regions was found to be higher than that of the peripheral regions. Mean FIF was significantly higher in malignant melanomas than in naevi. Fluorescence imaging with filter unit A gave better diagnostic performance. In conclusion, quantitative measurement of FIF is a useful marker of malignant potential.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2016

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