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Ophthalmologist: Nevi of the conjunctiva are benign and rarely become malignant. If that is what you have, it should be photographed and checked every couple of years. They are fairly easy to excise for biopsy purposes if necessary. ...Read more
Wait...: Nevi of the conjunctiva generally develop during the first 2 decades of life. In children, pure junctional nevi are common. In general, nevi of the conjunctiva are "benign" pigmented lesions of the ocular surface and are freely mobile over the surface of the globe. Unless a biopsy is required for ruling out malignant melanoma, a nevus is usually excised for cosmetic reasons only. ...Read more
Conjunctival nevus: The conjunctival nevus is one of the most common benign tumors of the ocular surface. Melanomas are rare; they can arise without a preexisting conjunctival nevus, or due to malignant transformation in case of pam (primary acquired melanosis). ...Read more
After the removal of my conjunctival nevus, will my co-workers see anything noticeable in my eye on the next day? Eye patch or anything required?
I was diagnosed conjunctival nevus in my eye. I have scheduled a removal in 3 weeks. How is the removal done and is there anything special after it?
Complete excision: Benign lesions, such as your diagnosed conjunctival Nevus, may be completely excised with special scissors & the wound closed with dissolvable sutures. An antibiotic eye drop & steroid eye drop (usually in a combination form) are prescribed for protection and control of inflammation. Directions given to you are for protecting the eye (shield at night) and for preventing contamination of the eye. ...Read more
How long does it take for eye redness to go away after excision of nevus on conjunctiva?? Been 3 months since, and my eye is still pink with veins.
Depends on size: Depends on size of the area excised. After this period of time, you should return to your surgeon for advice. There may be some drops that will help the injection. ...Read more
Change in Nevus:
The majority of congenital nevi are benign and do not require removal. A change in the size, shape, symmetry, color, or ulceration should be evaluated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
Further evaluation with dermoscopy or confocal microscopy may provide additional information for the decision to remove the nevus to determine the presence of malignant melanoma. ...Read more
Prevention: Atypical nevi have a higher propensity to become cancerous. If it is excised that chance is eliminated. Sometimes we excise them to treat and diagnose at the same time. Sending the excised lesion to a pathologist for exam will tell us exactly what it is. ...Read more
Reduce cancer risk: Skin cancers like melanoma are totally curable when they are caught early enough. Changes in moles signal a possible start of skin cancer. If the doctor is not sure. Or if he/she is sure. The best policy is to remove the mole. After it is looked at by the pathologist, it can be determined if it is cancerous. Which may require a new surgery or not cancerous in which case it is now gone. ...Read more
Nevus anemicus: Nevus anemicus generally does not change much with age for many persons. This condiciton is characterized by pale macules of differningsize and shape. They are paler than surrounding skin and cannot be made red by trauma, cold, or heat due to blood vessels within that are more sensitive to the body’s normal vasoconstricting compounds. ...Read more
If I have a 2 inch by 1 inch beckers nevus and I get it removed surgically, will it continue to spread? I am 20 years old.
Mole: Once a nevus or mole is surgically removed with clear margins it should not return. A dermatologist will be able to evaluate and treat. ...Read more
Not really: Nobody really likes the terms "pigmented hairy epidermal nevus" or "nevoid melanosis". I have several colleagues who are physicians and/or athletes who have Becker nevi and all of them like it. If you have one, I hope you enjoy it as well. Richard Gere's is famous and he used to show it off onscreen. Best wishes. ...Read more