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Other Names for this Disease
- Spitz naevus
- Spitz nevi
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 They tend to grow quickly initially, but then stabilize or even disappear after a period of time. Spitz nevi can be very difficult to distinguish from melanoma, as a result treatment tends to involve excision of the nevi.Spitz nevus are non-cancerous skin lesions that tend to be dome-shaped, red, reddish-brown or dark colored. They usually develop on the face or limbs of young children.
Last updated: 6/2/2011
- Spitz naevi. DermNetNZ. 2003; http://www.dermnetnz.org/lesions/spitz-naevus.html. Accessed 6/2/2011.
- Trizna Z. Spitz Nevus. Medscape. May 2010; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1059623-overview. Accessed 6/2/2011.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- MedlinePlus provides more information on nevus (moles) in general. MedlinePlus is a Web site designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions.
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