Spitz nevus is a clinico-pathologic entity that can cause diagnostic concern, particularly in adults. Many studies have been performed to establish reliable histologic criteria, in the attempt to differentiate this lesion from melanoma. A series of 247 Spitz nevi, 6 of which were formerly classified as melanomas, were reviewed for clinical and histopathological parameters. Patients older than 20 comprised 66% of cases, with a predominance of women. The lower extremity was more affected in females of any age, whereas the trunk was more frequently involved in men over 40. Histopathologic examination showed the following differences among Spitz nevi related to age: acanthosis, parakeratosis, pagetoid infiltration, and Kamino bodies were more frequent in young people, whereas multinucleated melanocytes were more frequent in adults. The latter also had lesions that were less pigmented, with less maturation and more desmoplasia. At a mean follow-up of 94 months (range 52-172), recurrence at the site of biopsy or metastases were absent. In our study, a greater proportion of Spitz nevi occurred in adults than in previous series. Moreover, the relative incidence of Spitz nevus compared with melanoma in our population was higher than in other studies. Histopathologic criteria elaborated to diagnose Spitz nevus, applied to our cases, appeared reliable, allowing a correct diagnosis, even in adults.
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|Anno di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Titolo:||Spitz nevus is relatively frequent in adults - A clinico-pathologic study of 247 cases related to patient's age|
|Autori:||AM Cesinaro; M. Foroni; P. Sighinolfi; M. Migaldi; GP Trentini|
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