Pediatrics (R Sidbury, Section Editor)

Current Dermatology Reports

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 195-202

First online:

Literature Update on Melanocytic Nevi and Pigmented Lesions in the Pediatric Population

  • Jillian F. RorkAffiliated withDermatology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • , Elena B. HawrylukAffiliated withDepartment of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School
  • , Marilyn G. LiangAffiliated withDermatology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital Email author 


Pigmented lesions and melanocytic nevi are commonly evaluated lesions in pediatric dermatology clinics and the rising incidence of melanoma has increased public awareness of malignant potential. Diagnosis and management of pigmented lesions, especially dysplastic nevi, medium and large congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN), and Spitz nevi, can be particularly challenging. We summarize the recent literature for melanocytic nevi and pigmented lesions as relevant to the practice of pediatric dermatology with particular attention to dermatoscopic techniques, histopathologic interpretation, molecular biology, and management recommendations for CMN and Spitz nevi.


Nevus Congenital melanocytic nevus Spitz nevus Melanoma