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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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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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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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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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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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