Spindle cell and epithelioid cell nevi with atypia and metastasis (malignant Spitz nevus)

Am J Surg Pathol. 1989 Nov;13(11):931-9. doi: 10.1097/00000478-198911000-00003.


We report on the clinical and pathologic features of 32 lesions diagnosed as malignant spindle cell and epithelioid cell nevus (S&E nevus). Because of the clinical or initial histopathologic diagnosis of malignant melanoma, six patients had lymph node dissection. Three of these patients also had an enlarged lymph node. In all six cases, metastatic spindle or epithelioid cells were found in at least one of the resected lymph nodes. Of the 30 patients with follow-up information, including all six patients with lymph node metastases, all are alive and well. No recurrences or further metastases have been found. On histopathologic reevaluation, all the lesions had features of S&E nevi. Study of these cases suggests that although some lesions with features of S&E nevi may involve local lymph nodes, widespread metastases do not result.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Metastasis / ultrastructure
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Neoplasm Metastasis / ultrastructure*
  • Nevus, Pigmented / pathology
  • Nevus, Pigmented / ultrastructure*
  • Skin / ultrastructure
  • Skin Neoplasms / ultrastructure*