Blue Nevi is the presence of a mole or other lesion that carries a blue tint. These moles or lesions can range in blue from a white blue to a black blue, but always have that blue tint to them. These are typically none aggressive lesions but they have been known to grow, causing health concerns. While it is more typical to see these lesions on adults, they have been seen on children as well as young as newborns.
Blue Nevi Causes and Symptoms
Blue Nevi is characterized as a grouping of unstructured cells that form into a mole or other lesion with a curious blue tint. These cells are atypical and are often removed after being discovered for biopsy or cosmetic reasons. This blue mole or lesion is not a form of cancer, but it can take on the form of a tumor that can grow if not taken care of. It does not grow all of the time, but it can occur.
Blue Nevus Treatment
There is no method of preventing the production of blue nevi. This is a condition that develops on its own, no matter what one's habits are. Even those who have the best diet, best exercise plans and the best skin care can develop these unsightly blue lesions or moles that are known as blue nevi. Simple observation is the best method of detecting the condition since the lesions or moles are often painless. It is important to note that the moles or lesions can develop anywhere, but the majority of them are on the torso or lower extremities.
With blue nevi not being a life threatening disease and not harming the body, one would think to leave it to its own devices. However, the blue lesions are most often removed due to the potential for them to grow and their disfiguring appearance. The treatment methods of blue nevi are much like the treatments of other moles or lesions. The most common method of removal is freezing the mole until it falls off on its own. For those moles or lesions that are deep rooted, surgery becomes a necessary option as the mole can grow into a lymph node and case problems in the future. The surgery is often done in a surgical center and is considered outpatient surgery in most cases.
The prognosis for those who are diagnosed with blue nevi is very good. There have been very few deaths related to blue nevi and those deaths were caused primarily by the blue nevi entering the lymphatic system and causing damage there. These deaths were not in the United States . In most cases, those diagnosed with blue nevi will have the mole or lesion removed and will suffer no consequences related to the growth. At most, one might discover a very light scar due to the removal of the mole or lesion if surgery was necessary to remove it, but in most cases the mole or lesion can be removed as though it were never there.
|My 5 year old grandson has been having recurring swollenlymph nodes off and on for the past year, now he has been diagnosed with blue nevi on his back. what do we do and is this life threatening ?|