October 1970

Nevus Spilus

Author Affiliations

White Plains, NY

From the Medical Center, White Plains, NY.

Arch Dermatol. 1970;102(4):433-437. doi:10.1001/archderm.1970.04000100081016

The nevus spilus is a patch of melanization that is dotted by smaller macules of darker color. Nevus cells have been found on histopathologic examination. It is likely that the nevus spilus, in both its early and later stages, has been mistaken for the café au lait spot. The significance of the nevus spilus, its potentiality for malignant change, and some problems of melanotic macule nomenclature are presented.