Nevus anemicus

Dermatology. 1999;198(4):327-9. doi: 10.1159/000018169.


Nevus anemicus (NA) is a congenital localized cutaneous anomaly most often seen on the trunk. It represents a pale-colored irregularly shaped patch of histologically normal-appearing skin in which the pharmacological response to certain mediators may be aberrant, with sympathetic vasoconstriction likely responsible for the pallor. Hence, it has been called a pharmacological nevus. NA may be linked with certain genodermatoses, including neurofibromatosis and phakomatosis pigmentovascularis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Hypopigmentation / congenital
  • Hypopigmentation / pathology*
  • Nevus / pathology
  • Skin / pathology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology