Dermoscopy of an acral congenital melanocytic nevus

Iris Zalaudek, Renato Zanchini, Gianluca Petrillo, Eleonora Ruocco, H. Peter Soyer, Giuseppe Argenziano

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Congenital melanocytic nevi carry a risk for malignant transformation into melanoma, therefore early detection of suspicious features is crucial to reduce mortality rates. Dermoscopy improves the early detection of melanoma while reducing the number of unnecessary excisions of benign pigmented skin lesions. Dermoscopically, congenital melanocytic nevi are often characterized by the presence of a cobblestone pattern, but to date, little is known about the dermoscopic features of acral congenital melanocytic nevi. We report an acral congenital melanocytic nevus typified by the presence of three different dermoscopic patterns that are commonly seen in acquired melanocytic nevi of palms and soles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-191
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Dermatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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