Disappearance of melanocytic nevi

Vitaly Terushkin, Alon Scope, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Ashfaq A. Marghoob*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNevogenesis
Subtitle of host publicationMechanisms and Clinical Implications of Nevus Development
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783642283970
ISBN (Print)9783642283963
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


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