Spitz nevus

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Spitz nevus

Spitz nevus is a rare type of mole that usually develops on the face, neck, or legs. These moles typically do not grow larger than 6 mm in diameter, are dome-shaped, and appear either pink, red, tan, or even blue in color. They are non-cancerous but are often confused with melanoma, which is a deadly form of skin cancer. To form a diagnosis, a doctor may need to remove part or the entirety of the mole (skin biopsy) for laboratory studies. A specialist can then examine the cells from the mole under a microscope to distinguish whether the mole is cancerous or not.

Spitz nevus most commonly occurs in individuals under the age of 20, though it can appear in all age groups. Factors that may increase the risk of developing Spitz nevus include excessive exposure to sunlight, repeated sunburns, or a family history of skin cancer. Treatment for Spitz nevus depends on the risk of skin cancer development. Depending on the size, the mole can be partially or fully removed, or sometimes just be left untreated.

If you have a suspicious looking mole on your body that developed very quickly, appears larger than 1 cm, has various colors, has unclear borders, or does not look the same all the way across, ask a doctor to look at it right away because it may be melanoma. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Spitz nevus, talk to your doctor or dermatologist (skin doctor) about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also available for more resources and information.

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The terms "Spitz nevus" returned 9 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Junctional spitz tumor (nevus) of the upper lip.
 

Author(s): Evangelia P Piperi, Konstantinos I Tosios, Alexandra Sklavounou, Eric Stich, Ioannis G Koutlas

Journal: Head Neck Pathol. 2014 ;8(3):354-8.

 

Spitz tumor (nevus) is a rare, melanocytic lesion that primarily affects children and adolescents. The lesion may share many clinical and histological similarities with malignant melanoma and careful microscopic examination is required to render the proper diagnosis. Complete excision ...

Last Updated: 9 Aug 2014

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Spitz nevus and Reed nevus.
 

Author(s): Alessandra Yoradjian, Mílvia Maria Simões e Silva Enokihara, Francisco Macedo Paschoal

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;87(3):349-57; quiz 358-9.

 

Spitz and Reed nevi, also called spindle and/or epithelioid cell nevi, are a special group of melanocytic lesions due to their peculiar clinical, dermoscopic and histopathological features. The study of these nevi is of great interest because both their nomenclature and classification ...

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2012

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HRAS-mutated Spitz nevus on the cheek in a middle-aged man.
 

Author(s): Takahiro Kiyohara, Minoru Takata, Hiroshi Itoh, Kenya Kawami, Masato Yasuta, Kouki Hayakawa, Masanobu Kumakiri

Journal: Acta Derm. Venereol.. 2012 May;92(3):326-7.

 

Last Updated: 8 Jun 2012

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