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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Overview)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as a mole or birthmark.


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What are compound nevi?

Compound nevi: These are moles that have a deeper skin component (dermal) . This term you use implies a benign condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Nevi (Overview)

Nevi is a clinical finding for a pigmented area of skin, such as a mole or birthmark.


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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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What are vascular nevi?

Broken blood vessel: Raised booed vessel usually on face which does not contain pigment cells.Can throb or bled upon friction. Easily treatable with elcetrosurgery or laser. ...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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Anyone have experience with spitz nevi moles?

Spitz nevi: Some doctors are more aggressive and recommend complete excision with clear margins of all spitz nevi, unequivocal or not, because spitz nevi have histological overlap with malignant melanoma and recurrent lesions may present with pseudomelanomatous changes, which makes differentiation more difficult later. Personally i surgically excise all spitz nevi. ...Read more

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Could you know if becker's nevi can turn malignant, and is there any way to get it removed?

Could you know if becker's nevi can turn malignant, and is there any way to get it removed?

Low risk: The skin on a Becker's has only a slightly greater chance than other skin of developing melanoma, and as far as I know no increase for other cancers. Removal with laser isn't going to be perfect. Richard Gere showed his off in lovemaking scenes, other male models / actors have kept theirs, and the several physicians I know who have a Becker's all like them. "That's where a bear licked me!" ...Read more

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I was wondering are severely dysplastic nevi cancerous?

I was wondering are severely dysplastic nevi cancerous?

Yes: They are potentially precancerous and should be followed with regular examination and biopsy as necessary. ...Read more

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What chromosome is congenital melanocytic nevi syndrome?

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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Can you develop a dysplastic nevi or are you born with it?

Dysplastic nevi: You can be born with abnormal (dysplastic nevi) and you can also develop one during a lifetime. Occasionally a normal nevi develops into a dysplastic nevi or even a frank melanoma. So watch for changes and if a question arises go to your dermatologist and get it evaluated ...Read more

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What would be the cause for multiple nevi with neoplasm in a teenager?

Could be genetic: There are several genetic syndromes that predispose one to multiple nevi at a young age, that could progress to more serious lesions. It would be prudent to have the teenager evaluated by a dermatologist, who would be most familiar with those syndromes. ...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


Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...Read more