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Picture of Dysplastic Nevus

Picture of Dysplastic Nevus

Dysplastic nevus: An atypical mole whose appearance is different from that of a common ordinary mole. Dysplastic nevi tend to be larger than ordinary moles, have more irregular borders, are often mixed in color and present in large numbers. A dysplastic nevus may be a marker for a person at risk for melanoma, especially if there is a family history of melanoma .

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary by MedicineNet, Inc.

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