Skin-melanocytic tumor
OLD - Head and neck

Author: Richard Horowitz, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 6 February 2017, last major update February 2017

Copyright: (c) 2003-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: skin melanocytic tumor head and neck

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Topic Completed: 1 February 2017

Minor changes: 15 December 2019

Richard E. Horowitz, M.D.
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Cite this page: OLD Head and neck. website. Accessed August 6th, 2020.
Clinical features
  • Papular, usually compound nevi in children / young adults
  • May evolve into flesh colored dermal nevi with age
  • Four common patterns: (a) solid pink, (b) solid brown, (c) “eclipse” with tan center and darker outer ring and (d) “cockade” with darker center (Br J Dermatol 2011;165:137)
  • Overlying hair may be darker (N Engl J Med 2012;367:362)
Microscopic (histologic) description
Differential diagnosis
  • Congenital nevus: present at birth, > 1.5 cm, nevus cells follow skin appendages
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