Nevus anelasticus: How should such lesions be classified?

Annie R. Wang, Kathryn Kent, Jared Jagdeo, Leslie Robinson-Bostom, Lionel Bercovitch

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Nevus anelasticus represents a rare entity that is most commonly classified as a connective tissue nevus. It typically presents before 20 years of age with asymmetrically distributed white-to-skin-toned or pink-to-red papules or plaques on the trunk and upper extremities. The lesion is defined histopathologically by the absence or degeneration of elastic fibers in the dermis. We report the case of a healthy 17-year-old female who presented with an asymptomatic slowly progressive plaque on the right inferior areola. Histopathologic examination showed the absence of elastic fibers in the papillary and upper reticular dermis and fragmented elastic tissue fibers in the deep reticular dermis. Although there is ongoing controversy regarding the nosology of this uncommon disorder, we propose that it is a distinct entity based on its histopathologic and clinical features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-523
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Cutaneous Pathology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2014


  • connective tissue nevus
  • elastic tissue disorder
  • nevus anelasticus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Medicine(all)


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