Early melanoma as opposed to a benign nevus, nevus-associated melanoma, or halo nevus with regression?

Basak P. Y. , Hofmann-Wellenhof R.

HAUTARZT, vol.61, no.9, pp.785-786, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00105-010-2020-x
  • Journal Name: HAUTARZT
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.785-786
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


A 43-year-old woman, in whom a melanoma associated with a melanocytic nevus had been removed 2 years previously, came for a follow-up examination presenting with two light brown to medium brown maculae measuring approximately 7x5 mm with a flat papular center. One of the lesions was surrounded by a large white halo about 2 mm in size. The differential diagnosis on clinical grounds included a halo nevus with a second common nevus, a nevus with regression, and a melanoma associated with a nevus. Under the dermatoscope, an unremarkable homogeneous/reticular pattern could be seen and in one portion hallmarks of regression, namely gray tones and distinct gray-black dots. The diagnosis based on histopathological analysis was that of an atypical congenital nevus with regression.