Skin melanocytic tumor
Balloon cell nevus

Topic Completed: 1 March 2013

Revised: 2 April 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: balloon cell nevus

Christopher S. Hale, M.D.
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Cite this page: Hale C Balloon cell nevus. website. Accessed September 23rd, 2019.
Clinical features
  • Nevus in which most melanocytes are large, pale with foamy or finely vacuolated cytoplasm, but no atypia
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Dr. Amy Lynn

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Balloon cell nevus of conjunctiva

Positive stains
Differential diagnosis
  • Balloon cell melanoma: has radial growth phase, mitoses and other melanoma cells in vertical growth component
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