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What are the treatments for nevus sebaceous?

What are the treatments for nevus sebaceous?

Surgery vs Observe: Most nevus sebaceous do not develop into skin cancers. However, it is estimated that ~10-15% develop a skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma (bcc). Because of that risk, many dermatologists recommend prophylactic removal of these surgically around puberty. This is controversial as bcc is not life threatening, some would suggest excision only when skin cancer transformation is observed. ...Read more

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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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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

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Is there any treatment for hairy nevus.?

Is there any treatment for hairy nevus.?

Often no Rx best: It depends on the case. Even good plastic surgery is likely to disfigure. When these are excised, they tend to grow back because they originate in the deep nerves and are resupplied with cells from there. Ask ten of your real friends whether to try to remove it or leave it alone. You'll be surprised. Invite folks to touch it for good luck. ...Read more

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Nevus sebaceous on scalp, how to know if it has become bad?

Nevus sebaceous on scalp, how to know if it has become bad?

Biopsy needed : There is rarely a substitute for a pathology review to confirm a diagnosis and to monitor for any changes. This is done by having a biopsy performed by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. It is also important to have any previous biopsies or reports available for the current physician to review. ...Read more

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If I have nevus sebaceous on scalp, does it mean it has turned serious?

Not likely: Nevus sebaceous is a benign lesions but does have some small risk of converting into a malignant skin cancer over time. In addition that can cause local inflammation and irritation that can be bothersome. They can be removed. See a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon to discuss your options and have the lesion examined ...Read more

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My son is only age 25 and diagnosed with nevus sebaceous and has patches of hairloss on head. Should he have these patches removed?

Nevus sebaceous : An organoid nevus that occurs in 3 of 1000 babies. 50% are on the scalp and 45% are on head and neck. They persist throughout life and enlarge in adult life. The risk for tumor development increases with age and occurs in more than 10% of cases. Both benign and malignant tumors occur. Surgical removal is generally recommended but can be delayed until adulthood. ...Read more

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Are there new treatments for basal cell nevus syndrome?

Are there new treatments for basal cell nevus syndrome?

Symptoms?: The disorder involves the skin, nervous system, eyes, endocrine glands, and bones. it is inherited. Answering your question depends on which manifestation you have. Any disorder of the jaw bones should be addressed by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Can sebaceous Nevus turn to cancer? If so how likely? And how often should it be checked.. I'm scared what should I do

Can sebaceous Nevus turn to cancer? If so how likely? And how often should it be checked..  I'm scared what should I do

Remove the lesions: As I may have mentioned earlier, the lesions need to be excised. Even though the lesions are benign, they will grow. ...Read more