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Halo nevus
Classification and external resources

Photograph of a halo nevus on a face
ICD-10 I78.1
ICD-9 448.1, 216.0-216.9, 757.32
ICD-O: 8723/0
OMIM 234300
DiseasesDB 8333
eMedicine derm/174
MeSH D009508

Halo nevus (also known as "Leukoderma acquisitum centrifugum," "Perinevoid vitiligo," and "Sutton nevus"[1]:689) is a mole that is surrounded by a depigmented ring or 'halo'.



Halo nevi are caused when white blood cells target a mole. The cause for the attack is unknown.[2]


Halo nevi are estimated to be present in approximately 1% of the general population, and are found to be more prevalent in people with vitiligo, malignant melanoma[2], or Turner syndrome[3]. All races and sexes are equally susceptible to this disease, although a familial tendency has been reported. The average age of onset is 15 years.


Halo nevi are entirely benign, and are of only cosmetic significance. However yearly exams by a physician are recommended to ensure there are no other atypical moles or malignant melanoma[3].


As halo nevi are only of cosmetic significance, no treatment is required[4], and patients will be asymptomatic.

See also


  1. ^ James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.  
  2. ^ a b "Halo Nevus -". Retrieved August 4, 2008.  
  3. ^ a b Halo Nevis at eMedicine
  4. ^ " - Halo Nevis". Retrieved August 4, 2008.  

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