The diagnosis and management of the Spitz nevus in the pediatric population: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol

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Title: The diagnosis and management of the Spitz nevus in the pediatric population: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol
Authors: Abboud, Jean
Stein, Michael
Ramien, Michele
Malic, Claudia
Date: 2017-04-13
Abstract: Abstract Background Spitz nevi are uncommon melanocytic neoplasms found in children. Historically, the diagnosis and management of these tumors has lacked consensus among oncologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, and dermatologists. Once interpreted and treated as a “juvenile melanoma”, many have argued for the benignancy of such tumors in certain patient age groups, encouraging a conservative approach. The lack of consensus surrounding the diagnosis and perceived malignant potential of these tumors has led physicians to approach them on a case-by-case basis and institutional protocols. To date, no evidence-based management guideline exists. The objective of this systematic review is to both collect and appraise the evidence on the diagnosis and management of these tumors. Methods A comprehensive electronic literature search will be conducted in PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Library from inception to December 2016. Our search involved collaborating with a healthcare librarian to create a strategy for the OVID/MEDLINE databases. A search of electronic databases for oncology, pathology, plastic surgery, and dermatology abstracts will be performed. Key search terms will include, among several others, “Spitz nevi,” “Spitzoid melanoma,” “juvenile tumor,” and “pediatric”. The language of publication will be restricted to English and French. Wherever data allows, meta-analyses will be used to assess differences between Spitz nevi and the tumor of comparison. Additionally, data extraction and summarization using tables will be performed. This review has been registered with PROSPERO (CRD42016034045). Conclusions This review will systematically and comprehensively review diagnostic and management practices associated with the Spitz nevus. This overview of current literature will hopefully provide the foundation for future standardization of clinical practice. Systematic review registration PROSPERO CRD42016034045
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0477-8
http://hdl.handle.net/10393/35986
CollectionLibre accès - Publications // Open Access - Publications
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