2012, pp 145-153
Date: 28 Aug 2012

Disappearance of Melanocytic Nevi

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Abstract

Nevus involution is a common phenomenon, but the mechanisms responsible for this process are currently not well characterized. With the development of noninvasive imaging technologies, such as dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy, we have begun to appreciate distinct morphological features that develop, or in some case, disappear during nevus involution. In this chapter, we describe several dermoscopic patterns of disappearing nevi and attempt to illustrate their potential mechanisms using evidence from the literature and personal experience.