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May 1980

Nevi, Lentigines, and Melanomas in Blacks

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine (Drs Coleman and Gately), Department of Pathology (Dr Reed), and Section of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery (Dr E. Krementz), Tulane University School of Medicine, and Charity Hospital of Louisiana (Drs Coleman, Gately, Reed, and E. Krementz), New Orleans; and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York (Dr A. Krementz).

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(5):548-551. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640290058011

• Two hundred fifty-one black patients were examined for the presence of melanocytic nevi. The average number detected was 8.3 per patient. Light-skinned blacks had a greater number of total body nevi, while dark-skinned blacks had more lesions on the palms and soles. The usual histologic pattern seen in plantar-palmar lesions was that of lentigo simplex. The differentiation of lentigines of the palms and soles from early expression of acral lentiginous melanomas may be difficult; however, most acral pigmented lesions do not require excision.

(Arch Dermatol 116:548-551, 1980)