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Doctor insights on: Lentiginous Compound Nevus

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Please tell me if a lentiginous junctional dysplastic nevus is really melanoma in situ. My doctor won't respond.

Please tell me if a lentiginous junctional dysplastic nevus is really melanoma in situ. My doctor won't respond.

There is a subtle di: Melanoma in situ is different than a dysplastic nevus, but it is a continuum. They both need to be treated in the same manner, re-excision with a negative margin. But remember one is a cancer the other one is a precursor of cancer. So it has long term health implications for health insurance etc. ...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 was diagnosed with Lenticginous compound melanocytic nevus, and was recommended for surgery to remove it. Just want a second opinion?

I was diagnosed with Lenticginous compound melanocytic nevus, and was recommended for surgery to remove it. Just want a second opinion?

Mole: A mole removal isnot a serious ordeal but if the mole trans forms it can be more serious therefore it is not a bad Idea to follow your dermatologist's advice ...Read more

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I had a shave biopsy on a compound melanocytic nevus. Came back benign. One month later I noticed a 0.5mm brown dot in center. Should I be concerned?

I had a shave biopsy on a compound melanocytic nevus. Came back benign. One month later I noticed a 0.5mm brown dot in center. Should I be concerned?

Compound Nevis: Shave biopsies sometimes don't remove all of the nevus, and they recur. That is the most likely explanation. Of course, follow it carefully and return to your dermatologist if it continues to grow for complete removal. ...Read more

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How often should I have a professional skin check if, in the past, I've had a "compound melanocytic nevus with architectural disorder and moderate to focally severe cytologic atypia"? I'm 32 years old and this diagnosis was made when I was 27.

How often should I have a professional skin check if, in the past, I've had a "compound melanocytic nevus with architectural disorder and moderate to focally severe cytologic atypia"? I'm 32 years old and this diagnosis was made when I was 27.

Often: The description of your abnormal moles is a pathology report of dysplastic atypical nevi with architectural disorder NAD. The histology slide would show tissue with atypical cells. With moderate cytolgic atypia. These moles occur in the setting of sporadic and familial melanomas You are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer Melanoma. Make an appt today with a Dermatologist! ...Read more

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Shave biopsy came back as this. Compound melanocytic nevus with moderate cytologic atypia. Five weeks later it's grown back already. What's this mean?

Shave biopsy came back as this. Compound melanocytic nevus with moderate cytologic atypia. Five weeks later it's grown back already. What's this mean?

You should: Have the entire lesion excised and have the specimen reviewed by a qualified dermatopathologist. Some pigmented lesions are difficult to determine, even for experienced pathologist. ...Read more

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Mole came back as compound nevus with congenital features. It was a scallop biopsy and the mole regrew in places within 2 months. Dr wasn't concerned and said it's normal to see this. Should I worry?

Compuond nevus,: You have a recurrent nevus. If the diagnosis was compound nevus with congenital features you should not worry. As long as there was not any dysplasia. However pathologic interpretation of a reexcised recurrent nevus can be problematic so if you were to get the regrowth excised be certain the pathologist knows that this is a recurrent lesion after a shave biopsy. ...Read more

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Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma?

Mole grew back 6 weeks after shave. Report compound melanocytic nevus architectural disorder moderate cytologic atypia. What's this mean, melanoma?

Seek 2nd opinion: Recurrence of a mole makes it likely that it is a melanoma. You should get further surgery done by a melanoma expert (surgical Oncologist). It always useful to seek 2 or 3 opinions and go with the aggregate of the recommendation, provided to you. ...Read more

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Clinic doctor & nurse practioner diagnosd me with genital warts. Specialist Gyno doc & emergency room doc diagnosed me with compound nevus. Which one?

Clinic doctor & nurse practioner diagnosd me with genital warts. Specialist Gyno doc & emergency room doc diagnosed me with compound nevus. Which one?

Whoa: "Compound nevus" cannot be diagnosed until the lesion is excised -- it can't be told from an intradermal or junctional nevus with any reliability. It sounds like you'd like to have the thing removed -- it's your prerogative. ...Read more

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What is a nevus?

Beauty mark: A collection of pigment cells that can be flat or raised anywhere on the body and change occasionally into atypical moles which are removed. ...Read more

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What exactly is nevus?

Brown skin blemish: A nevus arises from a collection of pigment producing cells and are common throughout the body surface increasing in many in adulthood. They vary in size and thickness, are usually benign, but are watched for changes as an indicator of the malignant tumor melanoma. ...Read more

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What is atypical Nevus?

Dysplastic nevus: Researchers have shown that dysplastic nevus or atypical moles are more likely than ordinary moles to develop into a type of skin cancer called melanoma.
Make sure your nevus is managed by a dermatologist.
https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Dysplastic_nevus ...Read more

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What is a nevus flammeus?

Birth mark: Red area usually on the back of the neck present from birth which does not require any treatment. ...Read more

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Can a nevus be colorless?

Yes: Some moles can be flesh colored (or light tan) and dome shaped called intradermal nevus. ...Read more

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What causes a nevus to appear?

What causes a nevus to appear?

Melanocyctes: The cells are already there and grow large enough to become visible. ...Read more

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Why does intradermal nevus come out?

Intradermal nevus: Because the nevus cells are located in the dermis only. ...Read more

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Are there other names for becker's nevus?

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

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Is there other way to treat nevus of ota?

Yes: Nevus of ota, described by ota and tanino in 1939, is a hamartoma of dermal melanocytes which presents as a blue or gray patch on face, which is congenital or acquired in the distribution v1 and v2 nerve. Associated ocular complications need to be treated. Good success rates & minimal adverse effects have been reported with the q-switched ruby, q-sw alexandrite, q-sw nd:yag lasers multiple times. ...Read more

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Is a becker's nevus the same thing as a clark's nevus?

No: Clark's nevus is a type of atypical (dysplastic) nevus or mole. Many dermatologists feel these are benign, some experts think they're precursors to melanoma. Having many clark's nevi always increases the risk of melanoma. Becker's nevus is a benign (normal) nevus that occurs on the trunk, often in boys and men. They're often large and light brown. Sometimes hairs can grow from it (after puberty). ...Read more

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When a nevus becomes risky? Thanks for answering my question :))

When a nevus becomes risky? Thanks for answering my question :))

Risky business: Moles that are suspicious for melanoma have asymmetric distribution of pigment, irregular borders, color variation, diameter of 6 mm or more, may be slightly elevated, and may evolve or change over time. I have seen plenty of melanomas that have some or all of these characteristics, but I also have seen melanomas that have none of these characteristics. See your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had a atypical NEVUS removed yesterday with around 10 or 12 stiches I'm concerned with busting them when I move any advice? In my back

I had a atypical NEVUS removed yesterday with around 10 or 12 stiches I'm concerned with busting them when I move any advice? In my back

Careful: Usually when you have stitches and pull on them hard enough to burst them it is painful. If you just be careful and try not to overstretch the area you should be fine. ...Read more

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Why do benign nevus's grow back if not completely removed? Why don't the left over cells just stay as they are rather than grow back again?

Growth potential: Nevus means new growth; nevi are benign neoplasms, i.e., small tumors capable of infinite but slow growth. Any nevus cell you leave behind may regress (die) or progress to a new clone depending on the strength of your opposing immune system ...Read more

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What is hairy nevus?

What is hairy nevus?

Hairy nevus: Is a type of mole that is present at birth. These moles do not usually run in families. They can appear on virtually any place on the body and about 50 percent of hairy nevi will develop surface hairs. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as a red nevus?

Yes: Birth marks can be red and so can a vascular nevus. ...Read more

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Docs, could a nevus spilus disqualify me from joining the military?

Not usually: This should not disqualify you. However do not ignore. Please continue regular follow up and examination. Consider biopsy for any changes. ...Read more

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What causes a blue nevus?

Unknown: Blue nevus is something that just pops up. Sun has been implicated, however for the most part they are benign. If you are concerned - please see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Are nevus spilus’ dangerous?

No: Nevus spilus is a type of spotted mole with underlying light brown patch in the background. These are often present at birth, and may slowly enlarge as we grow, but almost never transform into skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can I remove nevus sebaceus?

Not by yourself: Any third year medical student can do it for you with simple equipment. If it's not on a hair-bearing area and you care what the scar looks like, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist might be your choice. ...Read more

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Nevus sebaceous - dangerous or not?

Nevus sebaceous - dangerous or not?

Usually not: Nevis sebaceous is a non cancerous condition. Later in life, however, these may develop cancer, most notably basal cell carcinoma and less likely sebaceous gland carcinoma. See a dermatologist to discuss the need for surveillance vs excision. ...Read more