Classic and atypical Spitz nevi: review of the literature

Cutis. 2007 Feb;79(2):141-6.


Both classic and atypical Spitz nevi are uncommon melanocytic lesions usually presenting in children and adolescents. The classic Spitz nevus typically is benign and has characteristic clinical and histologic features. In contrast, the atypical Spitz nevus has an unknown clinical prognosis, and its clinical and histologic traits are loosely defined. Melanoma can have similar features to both classic and atypical Spitz nevi and must be ruled out in all cases. We review the literature on classic and atypical Spitz nevi, advances in differentiating both types of nevi from melanoma, and treatment options.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Melanoma / pathology
  • Nevus, Epithelioid and Spindle Cell / pathology*
  • Nevus, Epithelioid and Spindle Cell / surgery
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / surgery