Researchers Estimate Number of Nevi Biopsied in U.S. Children

Share this content:
Researchers Estimate Number of Nevi Biopsied in U.S. Children
Researchers Estimate Number of Nevi Biopsied in U.S. Children

(HealthDay News) -- During 2009 through 2013, there were an estimated 2,007,423 biopsies of nevi among children in the United States, according to a research letter published online Dec. 10 in JAMA Dermatology.

Susan A. Oliveria, Sc.D., M.P.H., from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and colleagues estimated the number of nevi biopsied in children and adolescents in the United States. Data were obtained from a regional private dermatopathology database from 2009 to 2013, and from a commercial health insurance administrative claims database (the HealthCore Integrated Research Database [HIRD]).

The researchers identified 18,601 surgical specimens in the dermatopathology database from 2009 to 2013, of which 0.09 percent were melanomas, 58.1 percent nevi, and 41.9 percent all other diagnoses. The overall number needed to biopsy to detect one melanoma was 676. During the five-year period, 133,431 biopsies were identified in HIRD, with an estimated 136 melanomas; the number needed to biopsy was 982. Overall, during 2009 through 2013, there were an estimated 2,007,423 biopsies of nevi among individuals aged 19 years and younger; of these 1,940 were melanomas, and the number needed to biopsy was 1,035.

"Understanding the normal evolution of nevi during childhood and adolescence, as well as development of novel noninvasive diagnostic tools, is important in helping to reduce unnecessary biopsies, health care costs, and morbidity in this age group," the authors write.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in U.S. in 2017

CDC: No Change in Level of Uninsured in ...

Five percent of children uninsured in 2017, 41.3 and 55.0 percent had public and private coverage

Age-Related Racial Disparity Examined in Childhood Suicide

Age-Related Racial Disparity Examined in Childhood Suicide

Significantly higher incidence of suicide for black children aged 5 to 12; lower rate for black teens

Moral Distress for Docs Providing Emergency-Only Hemodialysis

Moral Distress for Docs Providing Emergency-Only Hemodialysis

Docs describe burnout and emotional exhaustion; moral distress at seeing suffering and injustice

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »