Skin melanocytic tumor
Balloon cell nevus

Author: Christopher Hale, M.D.

Revised: 31 August 2018, last major update March 2013

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

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Cite this page: Hale, C.S. Balloon cell nevus. website. Accessed October 22nd, 2018.
Clinical features
  • Nevus in which most melanocytes are large, pale with foamy or finely vacuolated cytoplasm, but no atypia
Microscopic (histologic) images

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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