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Benign Neoplasm
- Intradermal Nevus (Mole

Note that the stratified squamous epithelium of the epidermis has undergone proliferation. The epidermis is very thick and contains excessive accumulations of brown melanin. Compare the thickness of the epidermis in the mole with that of the normal epidermis at the edges of the section. 

Intradermal nevus (40X1.6)                                                          Normal epidermis (100X2.0)
   
Dermis (red at bottom), epidermis (blue area and dark          Dermis (red at left), normal epidermis (dark layer)
layer), air (clear area at right), normal epidermis (dark 
layer in lower region) borders on abnormal thickened 
epidermis of nevus (upper blue region with dark surface 
layer)

 Intradermal nevus (40X1.6)                                                         Intradermal nevus (100X2.0)
 
Very thickened and rough epidermis (blue with dark            Very thickened epidermis (blue with dark surface layer) with 
surface layer) and brown melanin masses, dermis (red)        brown melanin masses
at extreme bottom

This neoplasm is considered benign if it does not spread but if it invades into the dermis it would be considered malignant and called a melanoma.

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