What is a Spitz nevus mole?

What do you know about Spitz nevus?

What does Spitz nevus look like?

How is Spitz nevus treated?

If you want to find the answers to the above questions, read on.


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Spitz nevus is a rare skin mole and is most commonly reported in young people and children.

It can take the form of skin melanomas (which are very malignant cancers). Despite this apparent resemblance, Spitz nevus should not be considered malignant in themselves.


What are the characteristics of Spitz nevus or youth melanoma?

This nevus, which is one of the rare moles on the surface of the skin, usually appears as a pink and in the form of a bulge. Sometimes Spitz can have other pigments red, black, brown and ….

In the introduction and description of the characteristics of this mass, we must say that usually the most common place where spitz occurs is in:

These moles tend to grow and scratch quickly and cause bleeding and oozing.

Some people who have Spitz nevus may also experience itching around their mole.


What are the types of Spitz moles?

There are two general types of Spitz mole:


  1. The classic form or type of spitz that is not cancerous and is usually harmless to the host.
  2. Spitz moles are atypical and can act like cancerous lesions and often need to be treated like skin melanoma.


What are the differences between Spitz and melanoma?

As you can see above, many cases of Spitz mole can be mistaken for cutaneous melanoma in adults. In other words, many times even experienced doctors are not able to understand the differences between the two with just a simple glance.

Comparing the differences between Spitz and melanoma, we have mentioned the following:

Spitz nevus or melanoma spots in young people can be damaged, scratched, and bleed.

Melanoma can also be scratched and bleed.


Spitz and melanomas can be multi-color.

In terms of size, the melanomas are larger than the Spitz mole.

Spitz are more symmetrical than melanomas in terms of symmetry.

Melanoma is a malignant mass that is actually asymmetric.

A feature of Spitz compared to cutaneous melanoma is that Spitz is more common in children and young adults, while skin melanoma is more common in adults.

Spitz moles are often confused with melanoma.

Statistically, spitz spots are not common and usually affect about 7 out of every 100,000 normal people worldwide.

70% of people with spitz are 20 years old and under 20 years old. Of course, moles are also seen in adults. We have to say that the most common group of Spitz are people with light blond skin who are young or children.


How is Spitz nevus diagnosed?

By biopsy and seeing the characteristics of the mole under a microscope, it is possible to find out whether the lesion is benign or malignant, that means the doctor must remove all or part of the mole and send it to the laboratory. It is very important that this sample be seen by a skilled pathologist to Distinguish between spitz and melanoma.

Interestingly, skin biopsies do not always provide a definitive diagnosis, but you will need other tests, which may include a biopsy or biopsy of your lymph nodes.

If you have moles on your body, it is better to consult a doctor immediately in the following cases:


If your mole resizes or changes color, the overall appearance of the mole is different from all the moles on the surface of your body.

If it has an irregular border, if it has caused pain or itching.

If it is not symmetrical, if it has spread to other parts around it, if you see redness and swelling around the mole, if the diameter of your mole is more than 6 mm, and also if the mole is bleeding or secreted .

The American Cancer Society is a group that studies cancers. The Society recommends that regular skin examinations by a physician as well as skin self-examinations to detect suspected or new lesions should be taken seriously.


Spitz nevus treatment

Spitz treatment is different in scientific and medical communities. Some doctors do nothing and only remove part of it and send it to the laboratory to confirm the spice, after it is approved, has nothing to do.


Others suggest that surgery be performed to reach a safe margin.

We have to say that there have been reports that people have said that they once had a diagnosis of spitz but that the form has changed to melanoma, This is why many physicians prefer to be more aggressive in their approach treatment.

Important note:

Until 1948, Spitzs were referred to as youth melanoma, but dr Spears, a pathologist, described non-cancerous moles resembling malignant melanoma called spitz.


Concluding remarks

If a person has Spitz nevus, they should see a doctor for the necessary diagnostic procedures. This non-cancerous mole will be basically harmless for the person.

However, it is possible that this mole can be mistaken for melanoma on examination and observation. It is very important to make a definite diagnosis after observing the biopsy to confirm the presence of Spitz, and also, according to the pathology result, the physician will determine the way to continue the treatment.