Intra-oral amelanotic malignant melanoma: Report of a case and review of literature

Shakya, Shrijana and Ongole, Ravikiran and *, Sumanth KN (2009) Intra-oral amelanotic malignant melanoma: Report of a case and review of literature. Journal of Nepal Dental Association, 10 (1). pp. 49-52.

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Primary malignant melanoma of the head and neck is a rare tumor, accounting for less than 1% of all melanomas. Rarely, melanoma may present itself without clinically evident pigmentation. Termed amelanotic melanoma, theselesions tend to have a worse prognosis because of delayed recognition and subsequent treatment. The use ofradiotherapy alone has resulted in complete or partial responses, even though in the past malignant mucosal melanoma had been considered radio-resistant. Radiotherapy may be appropriate for patients with unresectablelocal disease, elderly patients who are poor surgical candidates or patients who refuse surgery. Here, we report arare case of amelanotic malignant melanoma with regional metastasis, treated by radiotherapy which had a goodtreatment outcome.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amelanotic, Malignant melanoma, Radiotherapy, Regional metastasis
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Medicine and Radiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 10:33
Last Modified: 21 May 2012 10:33

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