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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: :

Overview

Dysplastic nevus is a type of melanocytic lesion. Depending on the degree of cytologic atypia it can be classified into mild, moderate or severe.

Classification

Most dermatologists and dermatopathologists use a system devised by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for classifying melanocytic lesions. In this classification, a nevus can be defined as benign, having atypia, or being a melanoma.

  • A benign nevus is read as (or understood as) having no cytologic or architectural atypia.
  • An atypical mole is read as having architectural atypia, and having (mild, moderate, or severe) cytologic (melanocytic) atypia.[1][2]

References

  1. Schanderdorf D, Kochs C, Livingstone E (2013). Handbook of Cutaneous Melanoma: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment. Springer.
  2. Mooi W, Krausz T (2007). Pathology of Melanocytic Disorders 2nd Ed. CRC Press.

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