A case of acquired dermal melanocytosis occurring on the chest

Hwa Young Park, Jae Hong Ji, Yoonhee Lee, Eung Ho Choi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-229
Number of pages4
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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