, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 195-202
Date: 12 Sep 2012

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

Abstract

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.