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Image Number 551 (Nevus anemicus)


Diagnosis: Nevus anemicus

Site: Back

Sex: M

Age: 45

Type: Clinical

Description: Irregular hypopigmented area back

Submitted by: Ian McColl

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Differential Diagnosis


The hypopigmentation is apparent rather than real.If the surrounding skin is blanched by pressure the colour will be uniform between involved and noninvolved skin indicating that it is reduced blood flow in a nevus anemicus that is the cause of the pale area.It is thought there is overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system in a nevus anemicus.

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