Nevus comedonicus

A. Lefkowitz, R. A. Schwartz, W. C. Lambert

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The nevus comedonicus (NC) is an uncommon variant of adnexal hamartoma which appears clinically as linear groups of open comedones. Its name may be a misnomer since, according to some, true comedones are not present. NC usually occurs by itself but may be linked with a variety of systemic findings such as skeletal or ocular anomalies. Although the nevus comedonicus is viewed by many as a hamartoma arising from a defective mesoderm, others consider this lesion to be an epidermal nevus involving the hair follicle or an appendageal nevus of sweat ducts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-207
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


  • Adnexal hamartoma
  • Comedone nevus
  • Epidermal nevus
  • Nevus comedonicus


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