Genodermatoses associated with melanocytic nevi

Clin Dermatol. 2022 Jul-Aug;40(4):339-354. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2022.02.007. Epub 2022 Feb 15.


Though melanocytic nevi are ubiquitous in the general population, they can also be key cutaneous manifestations of genetic syndromes. We describe genodermatoses associated with melanocytic nevi and discuss their clinical characteristics, cutaneous manifestations, underlying genetics, and, if applicable, guidelines for when genetic testing should be performed. We categorized these genodermatoses based on their association with congenital nevi, acquired nevi, or nevi whose first appearance is unknown. In many cases, the distinctive morphology or distribution of melanocytic nevi can be an important clue that an underlying genetic syndrome is present, allowing both the patient as well as family members to be screened for the more serious complications of their genetic disorder and receive education on potential preventative measures. As we continue to advance our understanding of how various genotypes give rise to the wide spectrum of phenotypes observed in these genodermatoses, we shall be able to better stratify risk and tailor our screening methods to clinically manage the heterogeneous manifestations of genodermatoses among these patients.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Nevus*
  • Nevus, Pigmented* / complications
  • Nevus, Pigmented* / genetics
  • Skin Neoplasms* / complications
  • Skin Neoplasms* / genetics