Update on melanocytic nevi in children.

Abstract:

:A new or changing melanocytic nevus in a child or adolescent often leads to concern in parents and physicians. To avoid undue alarm and unnecessary procedures, dermatologists should be aware of the natural history and clinical spectrum of nevi in pediatric patients, as well as findings that are potentially worrisome in this age group. This review provides an update on melanocytic nevi in children, focusing on their dynamic evolution over time, molecular insights into nevogenesis, and phenotypic markers for increased risk of melanoma in adolescence and adulthood. Special considerations for Spitz nevi and nevi located in particular sites (eg, scalp, acral, genital) are highlighted. Current understanding of the risks associated with congenital melanocytic nevi of different sizes and strategies for the management of children with numerous acquired nevi, Spitz nevi, and congenital nevi are also discussed.

journal_name

Clin Dermatol

journal_title

Clinics in dermatology

authors

Schaffer JV

doi

10.1016/j.clindermatol.2014.12.015

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-05-01 00:00:00

pages

368-86

issue

3

eissn

0738-081X

issn

1879-1131

pii

S0738-081X(14)00314-9

journal_volume

33

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