Clark's level

Clark's level

(klärks)
n.
Any of four levels that mark the invasion of malignant melanoma through the skin layers to the subcutaneous fat layer, each successive level indicating a worsening prognosis.
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The pattern of worse outcomes in melanoma patients with a history of CLL was significant across all categories of Breslow tumor depth and Clark's level, but it was most striking in patients with thicker lesions.
Histological examination with haemotoxylin and eosin staining was interpreted by the pathologist to be consistent with a 6 mm deep, Clark's level 5 melanoma.
Nodular Malignant Melanoma, stage II, Clark's Level IV, with some lymphatic infiltrate.
Breslow's depth of invasion (measured in hundredths of a millimeter) and Clark's level of invasion into the layers of the dermis (papillary dermis, reticular dermis, and subcutaneous layer) are both important components of the diagnosis, as they guide therapy and yield prognostic information.
He remained well with regard to the melanoma until 2005 when, at the age of 69, he had a second primary melanoma removed from his back, Breslow thickness 9mm, Clark's level V, with no ulceration but areas of focal regression were seen.
2mm in Breslow thickness, Clark's level IV, with no ulceration, areas of regression and a brisk tumour infiltrating lymphocyte reaction were seen.
A 41-year-old man had a superficial spreading melanoma in situ, Clark's level I, removed from his anterior abdominal wall.
A retrospective case-controlled study of HIV-positive and HIV-negative patients with melanoma matched the patients for melanoma subtype, Breslow thickness, Clark's level, tumour location, gender and age, and found that HIV-positive patients with malignant melanoma had a significantly reduced disease-free and overall survival [8].
Histopathology showed a superficial spreading Clark's level IV melanoma, with a depth of 1.