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Seborrhoeic Keratosis M016
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Current RMA Instruments:
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||55 of 2015|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||56 of 2015|
Changes from previous Instruments
- ICD-9-CM Codes: 702.1
- ICD-10-AM Codes: L82
A seborrhoeic keratosis is a common type of benign (harmless) skin lesion similar to a mole. A person may have multiple lesions and they may become more numerous with age.
Confirming the diagnosis:
Diagnosis is usually made on the characteristic clinical appearance (appearing stuck on). Excision and histology may be required to differentiate from a melanoma in some cases.
The relevant medical specialist is a dermatologist, but a specialist report will not generally be required.
Additional diagnoses that may be covered by these SOPs:
- Basal cell papilloma
- Senile wart
Conditions excluded from these SOPs:
- Malignant melanoma of the skin*
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis*
- Solar keratosis*
* another SOP applies
# non-SOP condition
Seborrhoeic keratoses usually develop after the age of 50, but may also occur in younger adulthood. Clinical onset will be when a relevant skin lesion was first noticed.
Treatment is generally not required. Removal may be undertaken on cosmetic grounds or if the location of the lesion makes it susceptible to friction trauma. The appearance of further keratoses wil generally represent a natural history rather than clinical worsening.