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Nevus of Ito, Nevus of Ota

What is it?

Skin spots caused by the presence of melanocytes (cells that give color to the skin) in the dermis, the intermediate portion of the skin. The regular location of these cells is in the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin.

Characteristics and symptoms

The nevus of Ota is characterized by a dark spot, bluish or gray, located in the face, near the eye, which may present blotches. The mucosa of the upper airways (nose and pharynx) may also be pigmented.

The nevus of Ito has the same characteristics, but its location is in the shoulder and upper chest.


The treatment would be indicated only for aesthetic reasons and, in case of nevus of Ota, can be done with laser.

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