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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

I had a skin biopsy on a benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove the 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Is it safe to wait?

Can sutures stay in?: Ideally the sutures should come out sooner if adequate dermal support was provided. Sutures can cause irritation or leave marks much wider than just the incision scar. Depending on location of surgery and incision, your PCP or your local Plastic surgeon can recommend suture removal and post-op care including scar management. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a mole?

What is the best way to get rid of a mole?

Surgical excision: Moles are not usually removed unless for concern that they may be worrisome for melanoma. However, they are also removed for cosmetic reasons. Given the risk of melanoma in moles, it is always prudent to have them removed surgically so that they can be evaluated under a microscope by a board certified dematopathologist. See your dermatologist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Had mole shaved and it was benign. Has grown back in 3 months. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes but not usual: When a mole (or nevus) is shaved, frequently the depth of the shave is not deep enough to remove all of the melanin or pigment producing cells. This is why the lesion grows back. If instead, a full thickness excision is done, all of the involved skin is removed and the lesion will not re-grow. ...Read more

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Can a benign mole that was scratched off come back after a few months? I have a mole on my arm that was scratched off and now it's slowly returning.

Yes, it can.: The important thing to consider if a growth recurs is the possibility that a benign lesion could become malignant. It should be biopsied if it has returnted ...Read more

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Is removing a benign mole on the face considered a cosmetic procedure and not usually covered by insurance (forgot to ask md)?

Benign moles: Skin lesions are removed for medical reasons that include growth, changes, symptoms, bleeding, etc. Most can be covered by insurance. If you already know its benign, then it would be considered cosmetic, unless it was constantly irritated by your clothing or jewelry. ...Read more

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Biopsy shows spitz nevus cells under another type of benign mole. Melenoma can't be ruled out yet. Can melanoma grow under a benign mole?

Yes: In fact, this is fairly common. No one knows where spitz nevus leaves off and a melanoma capable of metastasizing begins. This is one of the hardest calls in pathology, and some say it's impossible. The burning question will be whether to do additional surgery. ...Read more

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I had a (benign) mole punch biopsied 4 months ago and now it's regrown through the scar. It looks horrible. What can my dermatologist do to help?

Full excision: Glad you got that mole diagnosed. You can almost certainly have it removed, perhaps with a skin ellipse or something even simpler. This happens often & i wish you a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Had skin biopsy on benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Safe to wait to remove stitches?

Had skin biopsy on benign mole. Doc is on vacation and won't remove 8 stitches until he returns 19 days after biopsy? Safe to wait to remove stitches?

Yes it's safe: Your doctor is aware of where he placed the stitches. How long they stay in depends. On the face usually 5-7 days is the max. Elsewhere on the body where the skin is thicker and low chances of scarring stitches can be left longer. If you are having signs of infection-streaking lines from the site, warm to touch, red, and/or drainage that is not clear or straw colored have them taken out. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Definition)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as ...Read more