Digital dermoscopy follow-up helps to identify patterns of change typical of common atypical nevi and early melanoma and improves the follow-up of patients with atypical nevi. We report the morphologic changes observed over time in 19 atypical or equivocal acquired melanocytic nevi that underwent dermoscopic follow-up. Two observers retrospectively examined digitalized dermoscopic images of 19 atypical melanocytic nevi from 15 children and young adults (median age 12 years, range 3-26 years). The images were assessed for global dermoscopic patterns at baseline and after a median 25-month (range 6-138 mos) follow-up. Ten (52.6%) nevi changed and nine (47.4%) retained a stable dermoscopic pattern. Of the 10 changing lesions, 2 of 4 homogeneous nevi evolved into a reticular pattern and 2 into a mixed pattern; 1 of 2 nevi with a mixed pattern evolved into a homogeneous nevus and 1 into a regressing nevus; 1 of 2 nevi with "other" patterns, such as negative pigment network and peppering throughout the lesion, evolved into a mixed nevus and 1 into a regressing nevus; 1 globular nevus evolved into a mixed pattern; and 1 starburst nevus evolved into a homogeneous nevus. The most striking results of our study were that atypical nevi can evolve into common nevi or they can regress, as documented by long-term dermoscopic follow-up. In children and young adults, dermoscopic follow-up of atypical nevi might be a valid alternative to surgical excision and enables us to achieve new insights into the natural history of these nevi.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health