October 2012 Articles


Shedding Some Light on Neurocutaneous Melanocytosis

After the birth of a baby with an exceedingly rare condition such as a large congenital melanocytic nevus (CMN), parents are overwhelmed with questions and worries, only to learn of the risk of an even rarer neurological condition that can piggyback on CMN. Yasmin Khakoo, MD, talked to parents at the 2012 Nevus Outreach Conference in Texas about this condition, called neurocutaneous melanocytosis (NCM). Melanocytes are cells that produce melanin — the pigment that colors our skin. NCM refers to deposits of melanin in the brain or central nervous system.

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Parenting a Child with a Giant Nevus

Moms and pops at the 2012 Nevus Outreach Conference in Texas likely enjoyed the reflections of Shawn Reynolds, PhD, as he looked back on the birth of his daughter Kalina some five years ago.  After trying for several years to have a second child, he and his wife Janet had essentially given up hope.  Reluctantly, they gave away all their baby furniture and equipment, saddened that they would never need it again.  But four-year old Jenaya was not about to give up.  She still hoped for a baby — a baby sister — and decided to pray.

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