SPREADING PIGMENTED ACTINIC KERATOSIS
The spreading pigmented actinic keratoisis (SPAK) is a larger and darker variant of the classic actinic keratosis.
Actinic keratoses may take on varying degrees of pigmentation. The SPAK is dark brown and may have a fine reticulated pattern. It occurs most commonly on the face and scalp in patients who get lots of sun and don't wear sunscreen. Occasionally a biopsy is necessary to distinguish from melanoma.
All the usual treatment modalities for AK are appropriate. See actinic keratosis.
Rarely are SPAKs this dark, here on the scalp.
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