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Recurrent Nevus Phenomenon?

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      Had an complete excision for a compound nevus moderate atypica because the shave biopsy did not get clear margins.  Pathology diagnosis from the excision states: compound nevus moderate atypica, scar tissue from shave biopsy, clear margins.  Also noted twice in the diagnosis is recurrent nevus phenomenon.

      Is recurrent nevus phenomenon due to the scar tissue from the prior shave biopsy or because there was margins involved the mole came back to the surface from the time the shave biopsy was done to the two months waiting for the complete excision?  

      Was reading about recurrent nevus phenomenon and some articles mentioned it can be difficult for pathology to decipher the characteristics of a biopsy scar to melanoma, especially without the original shave biopsy slides to compare with the excision slides.  Both pathology was done at the same lab so I am assuming both slides were used to compare.  

      Just want to gain all the knowledge I can to be my own best advocate…Thanks for the help! Kate

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