Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Age Spots Evaluation

The evaluation of age spots begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in those with age spots may include:

  • Skin lesions:
    • Brown or black
    • Smooth
    • Even with the surface of the surrounding skin
    • Entire lesion is one color
    • Fine wrinkles
    • Usually less than 1/4 inch (5 mm) in diameter
    • Usually round or oval

Usually, testing is not necessary to make the diagnosis of age spots.

Tests that may be used to evaluate age spots include:

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Last Updated: Nov 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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