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Is dysplastic nevus benign?

Is dysplastic nevus benign?

DYSPLASTIC NEVUS: THIS IS A NEVUS (MOLE) WITH AN ABNORMAL DEVELOPMENT OR GROWTH OF CELLS. THIS SHOULD BE SEEN BY A DERMATOLOGIST WHO WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO EITHER WATCH IT PERIODICALLY OR TO CUT IT OUT -- BIOPSY IT -- UNDER LOCAL ANESTHESIA AND THEN SEND THE SAMPLE TO A SPECIALIZED PATHOLOGIST FOR AN EXAMINATION. ...Read more

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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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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

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Are nevus spilus’ dangerous?

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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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Is lichenoid keratosis pre cancerous?

Is lichenoid keratosis pre cancerous?

No: If truly solitary and path shows changes like lichen planus, this is a benign entity. Biopsy or excision of entire lesion is often considered. ...Read more

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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?

Pigmented lesion ..Back...Biopsy sheets dermoepidermal junction  nests pigmented bland looking round cells &nuclei.......Whats diagnosis plz?

Sounds benign: This description sounds like a benign mole or what a pathologist would call a junctional nevus. There should be a final diagnosis on the report in addition to the description. Doesn't sound worrisome or atypical to me. ...Read more

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Is dysplastic nevus with moderate atypia malignancy?

Is dysplastic nevus with moderate atypia malignancy?

No: Dysplastic nevus is not cancer, but left alone these can progress to cancer. Best to have it removed, that is all the treatment necessary. ...Read more

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Junctional nevus with cytologic atypia concern?

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Yes : Depending on the degree of atypia, most surgeons recommend excision with clear margins to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer (melanoma being the most concerning). Certainly excise if moderate to severe atypia. ...Read more

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Are blue nevus cancer causing?

Nevi are in and: Of themselves rarely precursors of cancer. The a, b, c, d &e acronym/mnemonic: asymmetry, border, color variation, diameter > 4mm, and evolution...Nice, but expert exam is better to determine risk and management. ...Read more

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Is squamous cell carcinoma keratoacanthoma variant deadly?

Not really: Not necessarily. It could appear suddenly and grow rapidly. But then it will reach a certain size then it will stop growing, and then regress weeks to months later. As long as it is contained, localized in the skin- surgical resection will take care of that . However if it has metastasized ( which is not common ) -then it will give you problem. ...Read more

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What chromosome is congenital melanocytic nevi syndrome?

No specific link: The congenital melanocytic nevus syndrome is considered sporadic in its occurrence.A few available studies of biopsy material have found abnormalities on the 1st, 12th or 19 th chromosome but no consistent pattern is reported.See the recent article : www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc2994429. ...Read more

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What causes dysplastic nevi syndrome?

What causes dysplastic nevi syndrome?

It is a familial: condition, but a lot is still not understood about transfer in families. Patients with this syndrome are at higher risk for abnormal moles and melanoma. So regular checks with dermatology is imperative ...Read more

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Can seborroheic keratosis lesions be multicolored?

SK color: Yes, they can be brown, dark brown/black, light brown or tan. Typically rough texture (like a wart) or waxy texture. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Can a birthmark mole become malignant?

Maliganat % of mole: There are a small % of birthmarks that have the potential of becoming cancerous. Best to see a doctor in person for examination. ...Read more

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Are black spots in congenital nevus safe?

Changes in Moles: Whenever you have a mole that has changed, the safe thing to do is have a dermatologist check it out. Fortunately by seeing a doctor early, the majority of malignant melanomas, the skin cancer that can form from moles, are treated by simply excising them. Early examination is the key! ...Read more

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What exactly is incidental benign verrucous keratosis?

Benign thickening: This would be pathology report for thickened of skin with no underlying pathology. The skin is thickened with changes seen in a wart with no evidence of an underlying wart. Peeling creams such as urea could help. The area could be cosmetically improved by electric planing. Discuss with doctor. ...Read more

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What is dysplastic nevus as compared to melanoma?

What is dysplastic nevus as compared to melanoma?

You have asked...: ...One of the most controversial questions in dermatology. One faction believes that dysplastic nevi are precursors of melanomas, and should be excised before they become melanomas. Another faction believes dysplastic nevi are benign moles that never become melanomas. There is evidence to support both arguments. ...Read more

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Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?

Pathology moderate atypical dysplastic nevus, recommend further excision. Is this cancer/melanoma?

Not yet: It may develop into a malignancy but is not yet. The borders may be incompletely excused, or te pathologist may feel that a wide enough clear margin has not been achieved. ...Read more

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Are junctional nevi common?

Are junctional nevi common?

Yes: When a mole is biopsied and examined under the microscope, there a many different patterns junctional nevus is a common, benign mole. ...Read more

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My pathology report states junctional and lentiginous melanocytic nevus, extending to the peripheral edge. Is this melanoma?.

My pathology report states junctional and lentiginous melanocytic nevus, extending to the peripheral edge.  Is this melanoma?.

Mole, not cancer: Here is a translation of your path report: Junctional- location as it relates to depth in the skin, the junction between epidermis and dermis. lentiginous- means flat dark spot, melanocytic- made up of pigment cells (melanocytes), nevus - a lesion that contains nevus cells a type of melanocyte, aka "mole". This is a benign spot that appears to have been completely removed. Not a malignancy. ...Read more

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I had a shave removal that came back as "Lentiginous Junctional (Dysplastic) Nevus with mild atypia, to <0.2 mm OF. Is this of concern?

I had a shave removal that came back as "Lentiginous Junctional (Dysplastic) Nevus with mild atypia, to <0.2 mm OF. Is this of concern?

No: If it is not a melanoma, it is of less concern. Being dysplastic, is a pathologic concerning point, but with it's small size, I would closely watch it. "Mild atypia" is the key to the answer. That is why shave removal's never really remove these, just the top layer. If any increase in size, remove immediately. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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?

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?

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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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