Spitz nevus

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 20 May 2019

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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