Halo Nevus

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VisualDx images show variation in age, skin color, and disease stage. VisualDx has 14 images of Halo Nevus.

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ICD Codes

D22.9 – Melanocytic nevi, unspecified

216.5 – Benign neoplasm of skin of trunk except scrotum


Halo nevus is also known as Sutton's nevus or perinevoid vitiligo. Halo nevi are benign melanocytic nevi surrounded by a peripheral rim of depigmentation. The depigmented ring is believed to be due to a secondary localized immune response to regional melanocytes. Clinically, halo nevi are characterized by a circular area of depigmented skin surrounding a central nevus of hyperpigmented skin. They are most often seen in teenagers. The pigmented nevus may eventually involute completely, leaving only the patch of depigmentation.

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