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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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Why would doctors remove an atypical nevus?

Why would doctors remove an atypical nevus?

Reduce cancer risk: Skin cancers like melanoma are totally curable when they are caught early enough. Changes in moles signal a possible start of skin cancer. If the doctor is not sure..Or if he/she is sure..The best policy is to remove the mole. After it is looked at by the pathologist, it can be determined if it is cancerous..Which may require a new surgery or not cancerous in which case it is now gone. ...Read more

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Why would doctors excise an atypical nevus?

Why would doctors excise an atypical nevus?

Prevention: Atypical nevi have a higher propensity to become cancerous. If it is excised that chance is eliminated. Sometimes we excise them to treat and diagnose at the same time. Sending the excised lesion to a pathologist for exam will tell us exactly what it is. ...Read more

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What is: "r/o atypical Nevus" in doctor's note?

What is: "r/o atypical Nevus" in doctor's note?

Biopsy: An atypical Nevus is suspicious for malignancy. Therefore a biopsy is often done to establish a histopathological diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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What to do if i had a mole removed like a month or 2 ago and the doctor said it was permal nevus?

Dermal nevus: Did the dermatologists a dermal nevus? If that is the case, these are normal. Its means that part of the mole is above your skin and the rest is below the top layer of your skin which is called the dermis. ...Read more

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How do skin doctors remove moles on your skin?

How do skin doctors remove moles on your skin?

Removal-Plastic Surg: Mole or other lesions are precisely marked by your plastic surgeon, local anesthetic is infiltrated and then the lesions are excised and the wounds closed in such a fashion that the resultant scar is as small as possible. ...Read more

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Why don't doctors remove dysphasia moles when they see them? Especially when they insist on getting good margins when they do take one out?

Why don't doctors remove dysphasia moles when they see them? Especially when they insist on getting good margins when they do take one out?

Excision nevus: You either did not have exactly explained to for what was the procedure or you did not understand. Sounds like you had an 'incisional biopsy'. Thus only a portion was removed just to obtain a diagnosis. If that diagnosis was for complete excision than you need a second procedure. Otherwise 'excisional biopsy' was what you might have thought you were getting. Best to discuss with your doc... ...Read more