Nevus (Sebaceous Nevus, Pigmented Cell Nevus, Nevus of Ota, Epidermal Nevus) Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 14, 2022

What is nevus (sebaceous nevus, pigmented cell nevus, nevus of ota, epidermal nevus)?

Also known as moles, these are clumps of pigmented (colored) cells. The condition is often present at birth, and is nearly always harmless.

Symptoms of nevus (sebaceous nevus, pigmented cell nevus, nevus of ota, epidermal nevus)

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Mole with hair, on the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for nevus (sebaceous nevus, pigmented cell nevus, nevus of ota, epidermal nevus)

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose nevus (sebaceous nevus, pigmented cell nevus, nevus of ota, epidermal nevus)

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on the skin or elsewhere? (Including moles)

  • Do you have a hairy mole on your skin?

Treatment for nevus (sebaceous nevus, pigmented cell nevus, nevus of ota, epidermal nevus)

Most moles are harmless and can be left alone. Very rarely, moles may turn cancerous and require surgery for removal.

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