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Other Names for this Disease
  • Spitz naevus
  • Spitz nevi
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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


  1. Spitz naevi. DermNetNZ. 2003; Accessed 6/2/2011.
  2. Trizna Z. Spitz Nevus. Medscape. May 2010; Accessed 6/2/2011.
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Basic Information

  • 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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