Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sun Spots Evaluation

The evaluation of actinic keratosis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with actinic keratosis may include:

  • Skin lesions on areas that have been exposed the sun
    • Located in areas exposed to the sun
    • Usually flat
    • Rough or scaly
    • Red or brown color
    • May be firm

Testing is usually not required to make the diagnosis of actinic keratosis.

Tests that may be used to evaluate actinic keratosis 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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PubMed Sun Spots References
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