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Margin Excision for Atypical Mole... Anybody else had this??

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  • Margin Excision for Atypical Mole... Anybody else had this??

    Hi everyone!

    A couple weeks ago I went to the dermatologist for an appointment, and while I was there I had him look at some moles. All of them were fine except for one that he wanted to remove. I got a call today that it was a dysplastic nevus (atypical mole). Basically, the nurse on the phone explained that it's not cancer, but it's also not normal. She told me they needed to do a margin excision (I believe she said about 2 mm.) I was wondering if anyone else has had this done for this condition. I did not know that marginal excisions were done for atypical moles; I thought they were only done for skin cancers. If anybody has any knowledge of this, please let me know. It has me a little anxious, because it makes me think that this may be more serious than I realize.

    Thank you!

  • As I said in my reply to your other post, I have had exactly this procedure. In my case they saw severe dysplasia of cells on the margin of the excised tissue, so to be on the safe side, they take an extra 2mm so all the remaining tissue is normal. Don't fret. I was led to believe this is often the case if the original surgeon is trying to minimise the size of scarring.
    “...choose to believe in your own myth
    your own glamour
    your own spell
    a young woman who does this
    (even if she is just pretending)
    has everything....”
    ― Francesca Lia Block, How to (Un)cage a Girl


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