Welcome to Giantnevus.com
Dr. Barry Zide has treated multiple nevi of this type successfully. He has been a member of the NYU Cooperative Melanoma Group and is Professor of Surgery at NYU Medical Center. Information provided on this site is provided as a tool to guide patients with congenital nevi, primarily congenital giant nevi, more specifically, those greater in size than 20 square centimeters, and is not intended to be substituted for consultation with a qualified medical professional such as Dr. Zide.
While the risk of malignancy in congenital nevi has been variably stated as being 0 to 42 percent, the majority of published reports would suggest that the incidence of malignancy in congenital giant nevi is between 2 and 10 percent. Specifically, at NYU Medical Center (where Dr. Zide practices) this incidence is approximately 5 percent. The reasons for removal of congenital nevi are to prevent malignancy (melanoma), to improve cosmetic appearance of the patient, and to avoid psychological consequences sometimes manifested in these patients.
Giant nevi that have a high risk of malignancy during early childhood should be removed as soon as is safely possible. Most giant nevi can be removed by surgical resection, involving partial excisions, flaps, or tissue expanders.
For further information on correct treatment of giant nevi, before-and-after photos that show the results of correct treatment, and useful links about the nature of and treatment of these nevi, please feel free to explore this site. If, after exploring this Web site, you still have questions or would like to set up a consultation, please feel free to call or email Dr. Zide directly via the Contact page.