Dermatologist pathology report results: What grade of atypia for biopsy mole? Not labeled

Nests of nevus cells present along the lateral aspects and bases of the elongated rete ridges. The nests are small and contain relatively uniform melanocytes. Occasional nests bridge with nests in adjacent rete ridges. Beneath the lesion there is an inflammatory infiltrate of lymphocytes, histiocytes and melanophages. Focal lamellar fibrosis is noted. Scattered individual melanocytes xtend along the dermoepidermal junction. =Junctional Melanocytic nevus, dysplastic conservative x-cision advised

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Follow Up With Your Dr. To Interpret Results

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I recommend following up with your Dr. Recommendations can't be given without seeing you and looking over your medical records. Best, Dr. Emer

Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Grade of atypia for dysplastic moles

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A mole with abnormal cells is called an atypical, or "dysplastic" nevus. You should ask your physician how "atypical" these cells were. Calling them "dysplastic" is not enough information. In our office, we will do an excision with suture closure to get clear margins for all moles that have moderate to severe atypical cells. For a mildly atypical mole we will observe the area and, if any pigmentation recurs in the biopsy site in the future, a very small excision is done (often with a small punch biopsy tool) for a minimal scar. We also follow all of our "atypical mole" patients by doing full skin examinations every six months.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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