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Linear Epidermal Nevus
I need info on a linear epidermal nevus. Any specialists? My daughter was born with one on her leg....She is 13 months old.
See Dermatologist: Linear epidermal nevi are present at birth or become apparent soon after birth and as such are considered one of many different types of benign birth marks. The one difference is that epidermal nevi commonly undergo changes at or around puberty. These changes consist of linear enlargement along with thickening. Some smaller lesions can be removed surgically. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
ABCDE's of moles: Atypical moles that resemble melanoma often has one or all of the following characteristics: a for asymmetry; b for irregular borders; c for lots of different colors (or shades of brown); d for rapidly growing diameter; e for evolving or changing mole. If you have any moles with these characteristics, you should see a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dysplastic nevi: "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 so it will not become a melanoma. ...Read more
Many skin cancers: Basal cell nevus syndrome is a rare condition characterized by multiple basal cell carcinomas. These can be large, aggressive and in atypical locations which are not areas of sun exposure. Regular monitoring is essential by a dermatologist or mohs surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Close monitoring: Dysplastic nevus syndrome is a condition in which the person has many (often 100's) atypical moles. With the syndrome, one has a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma, which is a high risk skin cancer. For this reason, frequent and close monitoring with self skin checks and routinely by a dermatologist is a must. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In Certain families: A dysplastic nevus is the term for a biopsy appearance of the pigmented lesion under the microscope - cells with atypia. The lesion itself to the naked eye or under magnification has asymmetry, irregular border, & different pigment colors. Only with pathology can one be sure that the nevus has not become an active melanoma. Families with many dysplastic nevi are at increased risk of melanomas. ...Read more
Bleeding: Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome (brbns) is a congenital condition of vein malformations throughout the body, particularly the skin, soft tissues and gastrointestinal tract. These patients will frequently experience bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more
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Nevus flammeus: Capillary malformation, usually referred to as a port-wine stain or nevus flammeus, is the most common type of vascular malformation. As a congenital malformation of the superficial dermal blood vessels, capillary malformation is present at birth and grows in size commensurate with the child; capillary malformations remain present for life and have no tendency toward involution. ...Read more