Spitz nevus is a rare benign melanocytic lesion, that shares significant clinicohistological commonality with melanoma and maybe difficult to differentiate 2.
History and etymology
This lesion was described by an American pathologist, Sophie Spitz (1910-1956), who worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City 1. The only other primary neoplasm thought to be named after a woman is the Dąbska tumor.
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- 2. Crotty KA, Scolyer RA, Li L, Palmer AA, Wang L, McCarthy SW. Spitz naevus versus Spitzoid melanoma: when and how can they be distinguished?. (2002) Pathology. 34 (1): 6-12. Pubmed