Intradermal melanocytic nevus

Intradermal melanocytic nevus

Kevin St. Clair

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Intradermal nevi

Key points

  • Intradermal Nevi are a sub-class of Common Acquired Melanocytic Nevi.
  • They are typically skin colored or tan
  • Intradermal Nevi are benign proliferations of melanocytes in the dermal layer of skin.
  • Intradermal nevi are a common finding in man people


Intradermal nevi are nests of melanocytes found in the dermal layer of skin. Intradermal nevi are typically raised

There are three types of common acquired melanocytic nevi


Differential Diagnosis

Basal Cell Carcinoma



Sebaceous Hyperplasia




Nodular Melanoma

Clear Cell acanthoma

Appendageal tumors




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

Due to their decreased activity



Key points

  • In most cases
  • 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


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  5. www.dermnetnz.org
  6. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov







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