Congenital Spitz nevus clinically mimicking melanoma

Andrea L. Zaenglein, Patrick Heintz, Hideko Kamino, Martin Zisblatt, Seth J. Orlow

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The differentiation between atypical variants of Spitz nevus and melanoma is often difficult given the many clinical and histopathologic similarities between the two. We report a case of an infant with a congenital scalp lesion exhibiting clinical features of melanoma, including variegation and regression of pigmentation and a rapidly changing appearance. Histologic examination of the excised lesion revealed a benign congenital Spitz nevus. This case emphasizes the need for clinical and histologic correlation in determining the benign or malignant nature of atypical pigmented lesions in infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-444
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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