Nevus spilus

Cutis. 2007 Dec;80(6):465-8.


Nevus spilus (NS), also known as speckled lentiginous nevus (SLN), is a relatively common cutaneous lesion that is characterized by multiple pigmented macules or papules within a pigmented patch. It may be congenital or acquired; however, its etiology remains unknown. NS deserves its own place in the spectrum of classification of important melanocytic nevi; as a lentigo and melanocytic nevus, it has the slight potential to develop into melanoma. Accordingly, we recommend consideration of punch excisions of the speckles alone if excision of the entire NS is declined.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Melanoma / pathology
  • Nevus, Pigmented* / diagnosis
  • Nevus, Pigmented* / epidemiology
  • Nevus, Pigmented* / pathology
  • Nevus, Pigmented* / therapy
  • Prevalence
  • Skin Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Skin Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Skin Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms* / therapy