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J Craniofac Surg. 2003 Sep;14(5):658-60.

Should nevus sebaceus of Jadassohn in children be excised? A study of 757 cases, and literature review.

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  • 1Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33136, USA.


The incidence of basal cell carcinoma and the need for prophylactic excision in children with nevus sebaceus of Jadassohn have been a topic of controversy. The authors performed a retrospective analysis of 757 cases from 1996 to 2002 in children aged 16 years or younger. No cases of basal cell cancer were found in the nevus sebaceus group. Recent studies in children corroborate these findings and question the need for prophylactic surgical removal of the nevus sebaceus.

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