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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 85  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 491-492

"Melanocytic nevus", or is it?

Department of Dermatology, Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication16-Aug-2019

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Dr. Prachi V Gole
Department of Dermatology, Seth GSMC and KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_657_17

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Shindore RP, Gole PV, Mahajan SA. "Melanocytic nevus", or is it?. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2019;85:491-2

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Shindore RP, Gole PV, Mahajan SA. "Melanocytic nevus", or is it?. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 14];85:491-2. Available from:

A 40-year-old woman presented with an asymptomatic, well-defined, hyperpigmented, velvety plaque on the right palm [Figure 1]. She gave a history of an electrical burn at the same site 10 years back for which split-thickness skin grafting was done. The donor site of the graft was right upper arm. The recipient site developed wound contracture, gradual thickening and darkening over time that mimicked melanocytic nevus or epidermal nevus. Unlike epidermal nevus, the lesion was confined only to the grafted skin, melanotic in color, non-blaschkoid and velvety in texture. Dermoscopy showed cerebriform pattern on low power [Figure 2]a and plugs with microscales on high power [Figure 2]b. This pattern was similar to acanthosis nigricans, but the sulci were straighter in this lesion. As against this, a benign acral melanocytic nevi would have shown patterns such as parallel furrow, lattice-like, fibrillar, globular, homogenous, reticular or transition. Thus, the diagnosis of melanocytic and epidermal nevus was eliminated. Histopathology showed orthohyperkeratosis, hyperpigmentation of basal layer with thickened bundles of vertical array of collagen in the papillary dermis. These changes were similar to lichen simplex chronicus. We concluded that this was an adaptation of donor skin to the site of the recipient skin leading to lichenification. Secondary contracture and graft hyperpigmentation are known complications of split-thickness skin grafts, especially on sites where graft cannot be fixed to the underlying rigid structure.
Figure 1: Well-defined, regular 4 cm 2 cm lichenified velvety plaque on right palm

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