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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Other Names for this Disease
  • Spitz naevus
  • Spitz nevi
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How common is spitz nevi in children near 7 years-old?

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What are spitz 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.[1] They tend to grow quickly initially, but then stabilize or even disappear after a period of time.[1] Spitz nevi can be very difficult to distinguish from melanoma, as a result treatment tends to involve excision of the nevi.[1][2]
Last updated: 6/2/2011

How common is sptiz nevi in children near 7 years-old?

Approximately half of cases of spitz nevi are diagnosed in children under the age of 10. Seventy percent of cases are diagnosed before age 20.[2] Spitz nevi tends to be more common in fair-skinned children, and may be slightly more common in females than in males.[2]
Last updated: 6/2/2011