Melanocytic Nevi

Varun Shahi, Jerry D. Brewer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Melanocytic nevi are benign proliferations of melanocytes located at different skin levels. Pigmentation in different shades of brown can range from a brown-yellowish to brown-blackish color; sometimes-as in mature cellular nevi-they can be skin-colored. This chapter discusses the classification, incidence, prevalence, etiology factors, disease associations, prognosis and diagnosis of the melanocytic nevi. The chapter describes about management of dysplastic nevi. In addition, it focuses on the risk of a melanocytic nevus developing into a melanoma, and discusses about the management of patient with multiple melanocytic nevi. The management of patient with an isolated congenital nevus is discussed in the chapter. Finally, the chapter describes the factors that predict regular skin self-examination and accuracy of the skin self-examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Dermatology: Third Edition
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781118357606, 9781118357675
StatePublished - Aug 11 2014


  • Congenital nevus
  • Dysplastic nevi
  • Melanocytic nevi
  • Melanoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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