Potential for development of malignant melanoma with congenital melanocytic nevi

Justin Yovino, Seth Thaller

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Congenital melanocytic nevi appear to be clearly associated with the eventual development of melanoma. Specific characteristics of CMN that have a higher association with melanoma include size larger than 20 cm, axial location, and neurocutaneous melanosis. Early complete excision of the giant nevi is mandated when attempting to achieve adequate prophylaxis against melanoma transformation. Pre- and postaesthetic appearance clearly are other driving forces that govern the treatment but an issue that should be individualized in conjunction with medical outcome. A high index of suspicion, timely surgical management, and a coordinated effort among many medical specialties is required to produce adequate treatment outcomes in the face of this complicated pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-873
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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