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Black moles, 1/8 of boy's weight, removed successfully

A three-year-old boy with black moles covering 30 percent of his body received a successful removal surgery performed by doctors from Shanghai Children's Medical Center and Shanghai No. 9 People's Hospital.

About 1 to 2 percent of babies are born with melanocytic nevus, but only one in 20,000 children has a massive spread of moles which are benign but are likely to turn cancerous.

The boy's moles covered his entire back and hips and kept growing. The mother said this rare disease even affected her son's psychological health.

Doctors from the two hospitals conducted an eight-hour surgery and removed 2,700 grams of moles, almost one eighth of his weight.

The doctors said the boy is recovering well and patches of grafted skin have survived. The boy is expected to be discharged next week.


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