Chart Your Patient’s Nevi

Greer, SC

If you want to monitor a nevus or other suspicious lesion, place a piece of clear tape over it and trace the borders with an ink pen. Then place the tape in the patient’s chart (if you are still using paper charts). Have the patient return in a couple of months, and you can retrace the lesion for comparison to see if it has changed in size or shape. You can also instruct the patient to do this at home. In addition, of course, watch for other suspicious changes, such as color changes, itching, etc.