A Misleading Anamnesis: Learning To Suspect


  • Claudio Guarneri Universita degli Studi di Messina, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Section of Dermatology, Messina 98122
  • Georgi Tchernev Medical Institute of the Ministry of Interior, Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatologic Surgery; Onkoderma, Private Clinic for Dermatologic Surgery, Dermatology and Surgery, Sofia 1407
  • Uwe Wollina Krankenhaus Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Dresden, Sachsen
  • Torello Lotti Universitario di Ruolo, Dipartimento di Scienze Dermatologiche, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia, Dermatology, Via Vittoria Colonna 11, Rome 00186




Amelanotic melanoma, Leishmaniasis, Psoriasis, Malignant Melanoma, Biopsy


Leishmaniasis represents a complex, globally widespread opportunistic infection ranging from the visceral form, also called kala-azar, to the mucocutaneous and cutaneous disease.It is endemic in the Mediterranian Basin, Leishmania infantum being demonstrated as the main causative agent of autochthonous cases in Sicily, Italy. The long-term use of systemic antipsoriatic agents, including biotechnological drugs, may cause a higher susceptibility to opportunistic infections, so physicians maintain a high level of suspicion with treated patients. However, some skin tumours, because of the rare occurrence and/or the atypical clinical features, may mimic another kind of disease thus leading to a delay in diagnosis and treatment. An exemplary case is reported herein.


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Guarneri C, Tchernev G, Wollina U, Lotti T. A Misleading Anamnesis: Learning To Suspect. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2017 Jul. 21 [cited 2023 Feb. 4];5(4):473-5. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/oamjms.2017.135

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