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If you have a dysplastic mole removed will it return?

If you have a dysplastic mole removed will it return?

Dysplastic moles: "the moles look unusual, clinically, and they have some features in common with melanoma, so they may get biopsied. When they get biopsied, they may have some cytologic atypia, which is reported as mildly dysplastic, moderately dysplastic or severely dysplastic. This report may cause the dermatologist to re-excise the lesion to make sure that it is all gone. ...Read more

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 think i might have dysplastic mole syndrome. Worried?

I think i might have dysplastic mole syndrome. Worried?

Take charge: Either you do or you don't. In either case, if you keep a close eye on your skin (and somebody special and/or your physician keeps on eye where you can't see by yourself), your changes of dying of malignant melanoma are near zero. You can't just sit and fret any more than if you thought your house was on fire. Now's the time to get with a physician who's competent on managing this. ...Read more

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New 'mole'. How fast can a new mole become dysplastic nevus? I had one severe. On back so i cannot view well.

Have examined: There is no way to know without looking at it. Have an experienced dermatologist examine you and decide if it needs to be biopsied. If you have already had a severe dysplastic nevus, your chances of having another one are increased. ...Read more

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If a mole was removed & was normal but reoccurs years later. Is it logical that it would show as dysplastic if it wasn't completely removed 1st time?

Most likely no: Depending on how deep the mold removal was and how deep the pigmented cells were, the mole can come back, but if the original biopsy showed benign, then most likely you do not have to worry abou it, but see a dermatologist to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a mole and a dysplastic nevus?

How to tell the difference between a mole and a dysplastic nevus?

Biopsy is only: way to tell for sure. A qualified dermatologist can usually tell the difference between a benign or suspicious lesion in the majority of cases, so you should see one if your mole has changed appearance or increased in size. ...Read more

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Mole removed. Over time it slowly grew back. Removed again and now shows dysplastic? Can original removal cause a false positive an subsequent biopsy?

Mole removed. Over time it slowly grew back. Removed again and now shows dysplastic? Can original removal cause a false positive an subsequent biopsy?

False positive: Although previous surgery and/or trauma to an area can create difficult-to-interpret pathologic changes, that does not mean that dysplasia is not present. If a mole is dysplastic on pathology, then additional excision is required (assuming the biopsy had a close margin). Return to your dermatologist for a full discussion about this. ...Read more

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If a mole is removed that is dysplastic on pathology should wider margins be taken out as a precaution even if original biopsy visually got it all?

If a mole is removed that is dysplastic on pathology should wider margins be taken out as a precaution even if original biopsy visually got it all?

Atypia.: Dysplastic lesions should initially be removed with a 2-3 mm margin. If this was done and the pathologic margins were clean then no further excision is recommended. If the pathologic margins are positive (sounds like they were not) then re-excision depends upon the degree of atypic and experience of the provider. ...Read more

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Nevi (Definition)

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