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Bathing Trunk Nevus Two



Giant Bathing Trunk Nevus, too large for removal, in an adult.

Another view showing dermabraded thighs and satellites of lower leg. The thighs were dermabraded 3 times at ages 1, 2, and 4. Each time the pigment seeped back. Dermabrasion left the thigh skin thin, fragile, and itchy. There are areas of thickened scar tissue called hypertrophied scars. Hair growth continues as dermabrasion only "sandpapers off" the top layer of skin and the hair follicles are located deeper in the skin. Dermabrasion bleeds heavily so this person needed 2 blood transfusions. Good thing the person did not catch AIDS or hepatitis or other as yet undiscovered blood-borne diseases from the transfusions! This is a good example of a person who is worse off after surgery than before, which unfortunately, happens often in nevus surgery.

Satellites of feet

Satellites of arm. The bathing trunk nevus and the satellites were all coal black at birth and faded to cocoa brown by age 35. This person was born with 50 satellites and "popped out" hundreds more and now has well over 1000! Satellites are a higher risk characteristic. The more satellites, the higher the risk of complications. This person would be at higher risk for complications such as melanoma and NCM compared to a person without satellites. Even so, the risk for complications is low, about 9% overall for those with torso/bathing trunk nevi.

Skin grafts of upper back with severe scarring and pigment seeping back through.


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