Article |

The Significance of Eccentric Foci of Hyperpigmentation ('Small Dark Dots') Within Melanocytic Nevi:  Analysis of 59 Cases

Jean L. Bolognia, MD; Anthony Lin; Philip E. Shapiro, MD
Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(8):1013-1017. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690080079011.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Background and Design:  Fifty-nine melanocytic nevi with eccentric foci of hyperpigmentation (''small dark dots'') that measured primarily 1 to 2 mm in diameter were prospectively examined to determine the histologic correlates of the dark dots.

Results:  Forty-one (69%) of the dark dots were due to increased melanin in epidermal melanocytes and/or keratinocytes, usually accompanied by melanophages; of these 41, six (15%) were associated with slight or moderate melanocytic nuclear atypia. Fifteen (25%) of the dark dots were due to increased dermal pigment that was either superficial or deep. Three (5%) of the dark dots were due to melanoma arising within a nevus.

Conclusions:  A small percentage of ''small dark dots'' within melanocytic nevi are due to melanoma. Biopsy specimens of nevi with small dark dots should be sectioned to ensure histologic examination of this focus of hyperpigmentation.(Arch Dermatol. 1994;130:1013-1017)


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours





Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.