What is the pathophysiology of melanoma?

Updated: Jun 28, 2021
  • Author: Jonathan B Heistein, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Some researchers have suggested that benign melanocytic nevi are markers of melanoma risk rather than direct precursors; however, dysplastic nevi are believed to degenerate over time into melanoma. Lentigo maligna is believed to be a preinvasive precursor of lentigo maligna melanoma, and at least 5% progress to malignancy. [7, 8]


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