Spitz nevus (1070)

Key points below

Spitz lesion, juvenile melanoma, benign juvenile melanoma, or spindle and epithelioid cell nevus of Reed.

What is a Spitz nevus?

A Spitz nevus is a type of mole. Most people get moles during their life.  A Spitz nevus can look a lot like a serious kind of skin cancer called melanoma. But it doesn’t cause damage to the body like a melanoma.  

Most of the time there is only one mole and it is the common type. There are also more rare types. The more rare types are treated differently since they can be more like melanoma.  There are many names for Spitz Nevi as listed above. This makes it confusing to look for more information on websites and in books.  


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Call your child’s doctor, clinic or dermatologist if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • Itching, bleeding or stinging on or around the mole.
  • A mole that is growing, has a lump under it, or has many colors starting in the mole.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.