Nevi on Acral Skin

  • Guido Massi
  • Philip E. Leboit


Melanocytic nevi on the skin of palms and soles, nail matrix or bed, knees and elbows frequently show an upward scatter of melanocytes and have an irregular distribution of junctional melanocytes. These peculiar characteristics may have led to the erroneous idea that nevi on acral skin were pre-malignant and still account for misdiagnosis as melanoma or as melanoma in situ.


Nail Plate Melanocytic Nevus Rete Ridge Blue Nevus Nail Matrix 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Massi
    • 1
  • Philip E. Leboit
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyCatholic University Medical SchoolRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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