Histological Diagnosis of Nevi and Melanoma

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Nevi in the Oral Cavity

  • Guido MassiAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, Catholic University Medical School
  • , Philip E. LeboitAffiliated withUniversity of California

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Nevi in the oral cavity are rare and dermatopathologists are not really familiar with them; moreover, the ratio between oral nevi and oral melanomas is much more well-balanced than in the skin and differential diagnosis should be discussed virtually in every single case. Problems are also caused by the peculiar anatomy of the oral mucosa which explains why the nevi of the oral cavity have a different architecture than that of their cutaneous counterparts.