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Spitz' naevus

Alternative eponyms

  • Melanocytoma of Spitz
  • Naevus Spitz
  • Spitz' tumour

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A benign, superficial small skin tumour, presenting as asymptomatic, dome-shaped, smooth, usually pink or tan but sometimes brown or black papules.

Description

A benign, superficial small skin tumour, presenting as asymptomatic, dome-shaped, smooth, usually pink or tan but sometimes brown or black papules. The lesions may be verrucous but rarely ulcerate. They usually occur before the age of nine and are rare in adults. There are four clinical variants, with varying colours. They are usually described as slightly coloured or red.

Bibliography

  • S. Spitz:
    Melanomas of childhood.
    The American Journal of Pathology, Philadelphia, 1948, 24: 591-609
  • A. C. Allen, S. Spitz:
    Malignant melanoma: a clinicopathologic analysis of the criteria for diagnosis and prognosis. Cancer.1953, 6: 1-45.
  • D. Weedon, J. H. Little:
    Spindle and epithelioid cell nevi in children and adults: a review of 211 cases of the Spitz nevus. Cancer 1977, 40(1): 217-225.

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