Comparison of image analysis with flow cytometry for DNA content analysis in pigmented lesions of the skin

O. P. Sangueza, D. M. Hyder, C. R. White, J. Pallander, M. Perkins, N. Remple, A. Bakke

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The DNA ploidy of 85 melanocytic skin lesions was determined by flow cytometry (FCM) and interactive image analysis (IA) using nuclear extracts of paraffin-embedded tissue. Of the 85 lesions analyzed, 43 were malignant melanomas in different stages of evolution, 15 were dysplastic nevi, 11 were Spitz nevi, and 16 were other types of nevi. Some of the last had features of congenital nevi. Within the melanoma category, there was 42% aneuploidy by FCM versus 56% by IA. Of those melanomas aneuploid by FCM, all but one were aneuploid by IA. All dysplastic nevi, 10/11 Spitz nevi and 15/16 other nevi were diploid by both methods. One of the 16 nevi from the 'other types' category was tetraploid by IA but diploid by FCM. A single Spitz nevus was tetraploid by FCM but diploid by image analysis. While our results suggest that interactive IA is potentially a more sensitive method than FCM for detecting aneuploidy in cutaneous pigmented lesions, it remains to be shown whether this will translate into better prognostic assessment of the biologic behavior of melanocytic neoplasms than provided by flow cytometric ploidy analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-59
Number of pages5
JournalAnalytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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