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Congenital nevus on the abdomen

Congenital nevus on the abdomen

Overview

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 10/24/2016

Updated by: David L. Swanson, MD, Vice Chair of Medical Dermatology, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Mayo Medical School, Scottsdale, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.