Korean J Dermatol.  2009 Feb;47(2):226-229.

A Case of Acquired Dermal Melanocytosis Occurring on the Chest

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea. choieh@yonsei.ac.kr

Abstract

Dermal melanocytosis, which is histologically characterized by the presence of dermal melanocytes, is most commonly found in Asians and other darkskinned people. It is observed in various congenital conditions such as the nevus of Ota, the nevus of Ito, the Mongolian spot and the blue nevus, and typically appears at birth or in early childhood. However, several cases that have appeared in adult life have been reported as acquired dermal melanocytosis. Herein, we report a unique case of acquired dermal melanocytosis diffusely affecting the left side of the chest of a 45-year old female. Additionally, a review of Korean literature regarding reported cases of unusual acquired dermal melanocytosis will be presented.

Keyword

Acquired dermal melanocytosis; Chest

MeSH Terms

Adult
Asian Continental Ancestry Group
Female
Humans
Melanocytes
Mongolian Spot
Nevus
Nevus of Ota
Nevus, Blue
Parturition
Thorax
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