Congenital melanocytic nevus: A possible clinical and dermoscopic pitfall

Noto, Giuseppe, Argenziano, Giuseppe, Ferrara, Gerardo and Zalaudek, Iris (2005) Congenital melanocytic nevus: A possible clinical and dermoscopic pitfall. Dermatologic Surgery, 31 6: 699-702. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31617


Author Noto, Giuseppe
Argenziano, Giuseppe
Ferrara, Gerardo
Zalaudek, Iris
Title Congenital melanocytic nevus: A possible clinical and dermoscopic pitfall
Journal name Dermatologic Surgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1076-0512
1524-4725
Publication date 2005-06-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2005.31617
Volume 31
Issue 6
Start page 699
End page 702
Total pages 4
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 110304 Dermatology
Formatted abstract
CONGENITAL MELANOCYTIC nevi (CMN) are defined to be present at birth or to develop during the first years of life. Depending on their size, CMN carry a variable risk of malignant transformation into melanoma. Prophylactic removal of all CMN is largely debated because melanoma in childhood is rare and might cause cosmetic problems and increased morbidity. In order not to miss an eventual melanoma developing in association with CMN, regular skin examination of patients with CMN is, therefore, at least recommended.

Dermoscopy is a noninvasive diagnostic tool that helps clinicians improve their diagnostic accuracy in differentiating pigmented skin lesions (PSLs) and is, therefore, considered a useful addition to clinical examination by the naked eye. Although the so-called cobblestone pattern is a characteristic dermoscopic feature of CMN, to date, little is known about the various dermoscopic criteria of such a melanocytic neoplasm.

We investigated the dermoscopy features of five small- to intermediate-size CMN that were surgically removed because of their clinical and dermoscopic equivocal appearance.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published Online: 21 March 2006

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