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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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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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What does a dysplastic nevus look like?

What does a dysplastic nevus look like?

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 more

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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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What do you know about dysplastic nevus?

What do you know about dysplastic nevus?

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

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What happens in dysplastic nevus syndrome?

What happens in dysplastic nevus syndrome?

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 more

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Is it a common thing to have a dysplastic nevus?

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

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Severely atypical dysplastic nevus--is this really bad?

This is not melanoma: This can be associated with a family risk of melanoma in some cases. There are usuallly other family members with melanoma in that case. Frequent follow up with the dermatologist is needed, as well as reduction in sun exposure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dysplastic nevus?

What is the definition or description of: dysplastic nevus?

Abnormal mole: A dysplastic nevus is a mole stuck in limbo. It is not a skin cancer but has some abnormal features that make it a concern. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone tree facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a dysplastic nevus removed and it recurred. Should I worry?

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. Get the dysplastic mole removed. ...Read more

Dysplastic Nevus (Definition)

A dysplastic nevus is a mole stuck in limbo. It is not a skin cancer but has some abnormal features that make it a concern. I hope this information is helpful. Stephen weber, M.D., f.A.C.S. Lone ...Read more