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Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Dermatosis papulosa nigra, also known as DPN, is a benign skin
condition that presents with multiple dark small skin lesions on areas of the
face, neck, and upper back, of individuals with darker skin tones. It usually
starts early in life and is estimated to affect up to 75% of people of African
descent. While the cause of DPN has not been clearly established yet,
there is strong evidence of a genetic predisposition to acquiring it, and
patient’s history usually reveals that DPN runs in their family.
At Florida Skin Center, we typically diagnose DPN clinically according to
the appearance of the lesions and the guest’s medical history, but in those
cases where malignancy is suspected or there is uncertainty about the
diagnosis, we can quickly confirm it by biopsy. Although therapy is
generally medically unnecessary for this benign condition, at FSC we can
treat it for cosmetic reasons, or if symptoms become bothersome, usually
related to irritation. Thankfully, in the majority of cases, a thorough skin
assessment and reassurance by our qualified providers is sufficient to
restore peace of mind to our guests with DPN.

Our Doctors

Pediatric Dermatologist in Fort Myers, FL

Anais Aurora Badia MD, D.O, F.A.A.D

Board-Certified Dermatologist and Pediatric Dermatologist
Dermatologist in Fort Myers, FL

Chetan Vedvyas, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Fellowship-Trained Mohs Surgeon & Board-Certified Dermatologist
Plastic Surgeon in Fort Myers, FL

Andrea Basile, M.D.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dermatopathologist in Fort Myers, FL

Robb E. Wilentz, M.D.

Board-Certified Anatomic Pathologist & Dermatopathologist
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