Should a mole on the sole of foot be reviewed by a GP?
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Your 5 year old son will undoubtedly develop something in the
Pigmented Lesion on the Sole
The thinking, back when I was a resident, was that all pigmented lesions in this location should be removed. It was felt that these growths were particularly difficult to discern benign from malignant. However, recent articles in the literature have shown that they can be followed, and that the usual ABCDE guidelines can be observed. The use of dermatoscopy, a specialized light source that most dermatologists now use, can be very helpful in this regard. We look to see whether the pigment is in the peaks or valleys.
I would recommend you take your son to a dermatologist, not necessarily a pediatric dermatologist unless he already has one. A mole is a mole and a general dermatologist has at least as much experience looking at moles as a pediatric dermatologist. Whether a general dermatologist or a pediatric dermatologist, I would check whether a dermatoscope will be employed, since this instrument might avoid a biopsy. Performing a biopsy on a mole in a 5 year old is not fun for anyone, especially the child.
Lesion on foot
I do recommend that you actually be evaluated by a pediatric dermatologist to diagnose the lesion.
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