Congenital nevi are present at birth and may range in size from less than one centimeter to the giant "bathing trunk" nevus, which covers a large area of the body. Skin texture may range from normal to raised, nodular to irregular, and they are frequently darkly pigmented. Melanomas may develop more easily in congenital nevi.
Review Date 10/14/2018
Updated by: Michael Lehrer, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.