Age distribution of biopsied junctional nevi

Jennifer Westhafer, Jacob Gildea, Stacy Klepeiss, Loren Clarke, Klaus Helm

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Background: Junctional nevi are traditionally associated with children and younger patients. We noticed that these lesions are also often found in elderly patients. Objective: We sought to determine if junctional nevi are found in all age groups. Methods: All biopsy reports for junctional nevi for the year 2001 at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center were reviewed. Age of patients and locations for these nevi were noted and the results analyzed. Results: The age distribution of junctional nevi shows that these lesions occur with similar frequency in the young and in the elderly. Lesions were more frequent in non-sun-exposed skin. Limitations: The age distribution between biopsied nevi and nevi not biopsied may be different. Sampling error may also lead to mis-classification of nevi. Conclusion: Junctional nevi are common in all age groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)825-827
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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