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If I have a nevus surgically removed from my eye, can it return?
A nevus is a benign (harmless) collection of pigmented (colored) cells that can occur on various parts of the eye including the conjunctiva (transparent membrane covering the white of the eye), iris (colored part of the eye), or choroid (layer of the eye containing many blood vessels that is underneath the white of the eye). They may be surgically removed if they have characteristics suspicious for melanoma (cancer). If a nevus is removed completely, they do not grow back. However, there may be some pigmented cells left behind after surgery which may slightly grow larger. More worrisome is if the nevus is in fact a melanoma, which can exhibit rapid growth. If you note any recurrence of a nevus, you should see your ophthalmologist for evaluation.
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