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Suggest treatment for melanoma like lesion after playing with a dog

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Posted on Mon, 18 Jan 2016 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: hello doctor two days ago I had developed a spot on my hand and I am concerned about it. i did get nicked by my sister's dog with his tooth in the area. i am concerned about melanoma. can you have a look and tell me what you think. I am attaching a picture of it for you to zoom. my gp says he us not concerned right now but i am so scared i need a second opinion. if it is melanoma can it be cured...does it mean i will die?
Answered by Dr. VINAY KUMAR 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Melanoma can be ruled out by biopsy

Detailed Answer:
Hello My Dear Sir

Welcome to this site!

I am Dr V XXXXXXX a Sr Dermatologist.

I have closely examined the pic and reached a conclusion that on the basis of given facts, melanoma is not a strong possibility. The lesions should be removed and examined by hisptopathologist to reach a definitive cause.

It seems unlikely that this might be a direct result of dog-licking.
You are safe and need not worry.

I am going to help you out to the best of my capabilities.

Pleas let me know if there are any other concerns.

Best wishes.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. VINAY KUMAR 4 minutes later
i am living in fear. can you tell me why based on your examination you do not think it is melanoma
Answered by Dr. VINAY KUMAR 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Melanoma is nota strong possibility

Detailed Answer:
Dear Sir

Thanks for writing back
In my previous communication, I stated that Melanoma is not a strong possibility.I deal with similar cases regularly. My reasons for believing this was based upon the facts of the case:

The spot is having distinct borders
Has small size with regular shape
Has uniform color
Has no satellite lesions

I also said that a biopsy is definitive way to conform/ rule out diagnosis.

I think on biopsy, it will likely turn out as a benign lesion. I will help you at every stage in the process as you deal with the lesions. You should not face any difficulty, I hope.

Best wishes and let me know if there are other concerns.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. VINAY KUMAR 1 hour later
thank have been very kind and reassuring
Answered by Dr. VINAY KUMAR 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Thanks and keep updated

Detailed Answer:
My Dear Sir

Thanks for the kind words.

We wish you a great health and great year 2016 and ever beyond.
Interacting with you has been a pleasure for me too.

Best wishes, always!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee

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