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Basal cell nevus

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Basal cell nevus

a hereditary disease noted in infancy or adolescence, characterised by lesions of the eyelids, nose, cheeks, neck, and axillae, appearing as uneroded flesh-coloured papules, some becoming pedunculated, and histologically indistinguishable from basal cell epithelioma; also noted are punctate keratotic lesions of the palms and soles; the lesions usually remain benign, but in some cases ulceration and invasion occur and are evidence of malignant change; autosomal dominant inheritance.