Compound melanocytic nevus

Compound melanocytic nevus

Chris Schach

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Compound Nevi

Key points

  • Compound Nevi are a sub-class of Common Acquired Melanocytic Nevi
  • Typically they are light tan to dark brown
  • Compound Nevi are benign proliferations of melanocytes at the epidermal-dermal junction.
  • Common finding in all people


Compund nevi present as smooth

 There are three types of common acquired melanocytic nevi

 In childhood

Differential diagnosis

  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Dermatofibroma
  • Atypical Nevus
  • Spitz Nevus
  • Blue Nevus
  • Melanoma
  • Atypical Nevus



Key points

  • Clinical presentation is the most important aspect of diagnosis
  • Histologic examination confirms diagnosis

Diagnosis is primarily made by history and clinical presentation. When the clinical picture is murky



Key points

  • In most cases moles do not require treatment
  • Suspicious moles should be removed and examined
  • Prevent skin damage from sun exposure

Melanocytic Nevi are

It is important for individuals who have a significant number of nevi to have counseling about the dangers of excessive sun exposure



  1. Rooks Textbook of dermatology
  2. Clinical Dermatology
  3. General Dermatology







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