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Session Information

FOC U028 - Mastering Moles in Pediatric Patients

Ticket required for admission, no tuition fee. Ticket holds seat for only 15 minutes after the official start time.


Date: Saturday, August 18

CME Credits: 1.50

Location: Room 206

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Director: Julie V. Schaffer, MD, FAAD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Recognize clinicopathologic variants of acquired and congenital melanocytic nevi in children and their typical patterns of evolution.
  • Identify and monitor children at risk for the development of melanoma or neurocutaneous melanocytosis.
  • Formulate an individualized approach to management of melanocytic nevi in children.

This session will review the clinical spectrum, natural history, and management of melanocytic nevi in children, including variants such as Spitz, blue, and speckled lentiginous nevi. Current concepts of the risks associated with congenital melanocytic nevi of different sizes, numbers, and locations as well as individualized strategies for their management (e.g. considering cosmesis and ease of monitoring) will be discussed. Recent observations on the dermatoscopic features and molecular hallmarks of childhood-acquired and congenital melanocytic nevi will be examined, highlighting insights into pathways of melanocytic tumorigenesis. Data on clinical presentations and biologic behavior of prepubertal melanoma will also be presented.