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Mole diagnosis

Mole diagnosis

C038/2289

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Mole diagnosis. Close-up of a mole on the leg of an 18-year-old man. Also known as a pigmented, melanocytic, or melanotic, naevus, this skin mark is caused by an abnormality or overactivity of the melanocytes, the skin cells that produce the pigment melanin. Moles vary considerably in size and appearance. They are unusual at birth and tend to appear in childhood and adolescence. For a view of this mole and the patient's leg, see image C038/2290.

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