Spitz nevus and its variants

Gerardo Ferrara, Elvira Moscarella, Caterina M. Giorgio, Giuseppe Argenziano

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The eponymic designation Spitz nevus refers to a benign melanocytic proliferation, which was first described in 1948 by Sophie Spitz as melanoma of the childhood [1]. Along with this original description, we presently consider as classical Spitz nevus a rapidly growing, pink or flesh-colored papule or nodule of the lower extremities or the face in childhood or early adulthood [2-6]. Its histopathological hallmark is the presence of large spindle and/or epithelioid cells, usually in the paucity or absence of melanin.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationColor Atlas of Melanocytic Lesions of the Skin
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783540351054
Publication statusPublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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