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Case Report

Unusual Halo Nevi – Darkening Rather than Lightening of the Central Nevus

Huynh P.M.a · Lazova R.a,b · Bolognia J.L.a

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Departments of aDermatology and bPathology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn., USA

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Dermatology 2001;202:324–327

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Article / Publication Details

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Abstract of Case Report

Published online: July 05, 2001
Issue release date: 2001

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/DRM

Abstract

Although the classic halo nevus is a brown nevus with a surrounding rim of depigmentation, i.e. a stage I halo nevus, these nevi can have several clinical stages. The central nevus may lose its pigmentation and appear pink with a surrounding halo (stage II), the central papule may disappear leading to a circular area of depigmentation (stage III) or the depigmented area may repigment (stage IV), leaving no trace of its prior existence. Herein we describe an unusual phenomenon – darkening of the central nevus rather than lightening – following the appearance of the halo phenomenon. An 18-year-old boy who had multiple atypical nevi developed multiple halo nevi beginning at the age of 12 years. Following the appearance of the peripheral halos, 2 of his nevi that were originally solid medium brown in color darkened and the hyperpigmentation had a reticulated pattern with perifollicular sparing. One possible explanation is a postinflammatory hyperpigmentation induced by the infiltrating lymphocytes.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Case Report

Published online: July 05, 2001
Issue release date: 2001

Number of Print Pages: 4
Number of Figures: 4
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/DRM


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