Compound Nevus

Compound nevus is a benign condition that usually occurs in the dermo-epidermal junction and dermis and comprises melanocytes. It consists of light or dark brown nodules, round or oval in shape with 2 to 7 mm diameter and irregular borders. Monitoring th lesion is essential, and if it increases in size or develops symptoms, an excision biopsy is needed.

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Should I be worried about a red mole?

Query: Hi doctor, Could you please take a look at this mole? I had it for ages and it has not changed, but it always bothers me. It is more of a reddish color than brown and I have a couple of them. I visited a dermatologist and she said it as fine. I was just wondering for the tiny dots in the mole? I th...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I appreciate that you are so aware and concerned. I went through the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and I find them completely harmless for now. ABCDE signs are not absolute, but relative. By that I mean to say, any change in color, symmet...  Read Full »

Can nevus recur?

Query: Hi doctor, About a year ago, I had nevus excision. Neither shaving nor laser, it was total excision. But two days ago I have realized that the nevus has come back there along the edges of the scar, the same shape of the scar. The biopsy report of the first one is compound nevus and there is nothing...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your complaint and gone through the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Any nevus is a collection of melanocytes that are able to multiply violently. Hence, even if a small section is left it can potentially regrow. You can go for elli...  Read Full »

I have a new mole with a small hair growth. Does it look concerning?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of melanoma and now I have a mole. I am not aware how long this mole has been here on my arm. But it just really stands out and makes me nervous. Does this mole look concerning? It has a small hair that is growing in it. Previously, melanoma was removed from my left h...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Golla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your concern may be acquired compound nevus or melanocytic nevi with dysplastic changes since there is no clear margin. It is advisable to have a histopathological examination of the mole for confirma...  Read Full »

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