Melanocytic Nevi

Melanocytic nevi, otherwise called a mole, is a type of tumor that develops from the melanocytes. Moles can be raised, flat, or like a tag. They are usually black, brown, tan, or pink in color.

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What does benign compound melanocytic nevus on my skin scrape test report mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I have gone for a skin scrape test. Could you please explain to me the test results that read "sections show rare small junctional nests of melanocytes associated with dermal nests and cords of similar cells showing architectural symmetry, maturation, and no cytological atypia"? Thank ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The report indicates that you have melanocytic nevus cells at the junction of epidermis and dermis as well as in the dermis. These cells are benign as there is no evidence of cytological atypia, meaning there is no evidence of any malignanc...  Read Full »

I can feel a bump in the skin where I dropped a weight lifting tool on my leg. Is it a cancerous condition?

Query: Hi doctor,I have misplaced a weight lifting tool on my leg while working out in the gym. I have attached the picture. Is it a cancerous mole? Should I be concerned?  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) it is difficult to diagnose a skin condition without palpating (touch). Because palpation is required to make sure it is superficial or hold it between the fingers to determine the solid consiste...  Read Full »

Will scratching a mole affect the biopsy report?

Query: Hi doctor, Six weeks ago, I noticed a mole on my back. There was no itching or redness. But, I scratched it and went to the Urgent Care Clinic. The doctor said it looked like an irritated nevus. Then, during a shower it came off completely and left a flat area. Within a few weeks, it reappeared. Now...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and concern. With your descriptions it seems that you have melanocytic nevus. Scratching or healing would not affect the outcome of the biopsy. In a biopsy for making a diagnosis of BCC (basal cell carcinoma) we need to see basaloid cell...  Read Full »

Please suggest some solutions for raised, mushy and movable mole that is present on my scalp.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. I have a raised bump or mole on my scalp, which is around 5 mm wide, on which hairs are growing. It is skin-colored or close to the color of the skin. Consistency is soft, smooth, mushy, a little oily, and movable. I am unsure if it is growing or not, but it fee...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi,Welcome to I understand your concern. From the image attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity), and the description, it seems it might be a intradermal melanocytic nevus.It is a benign and harmless condition. It looks benign but other benign appandageal and ha...  Read Full »

A mole on my leg show changes in color and shape. Is it a problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had this mole on my leg since I was a teenager, and I am 31 years old now. I remember it being lighter in color and more oval, whereas now it is more of a triangle with darker pigmentation and two shades of brown. I measured it, and it is about 4 mm in width. I have an olive ski...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Melanocytic nevus is basically tan, brown macules with increased melanocytic activity. One should always look for following changes for melanocytic nevus: Change in color and irregular su...  Read Full »

Can melanocytic nevi be removed permanently?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female. My query is I have many flat dot moles around my face. It looks normal, but I do not like those moles. I want to remove them all. Also, it gets spreading all over my face. Please suggest any cream or ointment for my problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. But there are no attached photographs in your message. Kindly send a picture of the affected area to assess the condition and to suggest you the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Take care.  Read Full »

Are birthmarks permanent?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 41 years old. Should I be concerned about this birthmark on my foot? I do not think it has changed, but I have not paid a lot of attention until now. Here are two images - one zoomed out and one taken using a clip-on skin scope lens attachment.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern.   Read Full »

How to treat a dark brown spot on my foot?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a dark mark on the foot, originally dark brown (mole-colored) with red hints. Now it is faded with a reddish tinge. Though it is flat, I can feel a slight rise when I run the finger over it. And it is painless. The shape is two small circles linked together, a little like two che...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Could you tell me the duration of the skin lesion? Also, I would like to get a picture of your lesion if that is possible. Color changes, as described by you, is not good. Do you notice any sudden growth or pain?  Read Full »

What does Cafe Au Lait spot look like?

Query: Hello doctor, We have identical twin girls who are six years old. Both have hyperpigmented spots, but one of them has more than the other and a bit larger. They are tan, a little indistinct, and several with ragged edges. We have been able to identify seven spots. It appears they have darkened as w...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a prototypical benign melanocytic nevus, which is acquired nevus due to excess sun exposure. It is a benign growth on the skin, usually tan, brown color that contains a cluster of melanocytes. It may disappear with advancing age. Avoid long term sun exposure....  Read Full »

Why do I have a mole with hair growing out of it?

Query: Hi doctor, About a month ago I vigorously scratched off a mole that was on my back. While lifting weight and lying on my back, it got irritated. I have had the mole for at least seven years. It has always been relatively big and light brown shade. However, when I picked it off it went away at firs...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You should not have scratched it, because the chances of malignancy increase in otherwise benign mole. Presently what I can see is the erosion (attachment removed to protect patient identity) so at this stage even dermoscopy would not be able to find out malignancy. So, b...  Read Full »

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