Deep Penetrating Nevus is a benign melanocytic lesion that I occasionally encounter in both my The Woodlands dermatology and Conroe dermatology offices. Clinically, Deep Penetrating Nevi present as a pigmented papule on the head and neck region. They are most common in young adults. Histologically, they may be confused with a melanoma at first glance but upon closer inspection they have unique architectural and cellular features that identifies them as a benign lesion. Treatment of a Deep Penetrating Nevus is excision with a 2-3mm margin.
October 2, 2011
Medically reviewed by Anthony J. Perri, M.D.
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