Childhood cutaneous melanoma

C. Bartoli, A. Bono, S. Zurrida, C. Clemente, I. Del Prato, G. De Palo, N. Cascinelli

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Seventeen consecutive patients no older than 14 years with cutaneous melanoma were observed from 1975 to 1991 at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan; this series represented 0.8% of all cutaneous melanomas observed at the Institute during this period. Ten were males and seven females. Nine lesions arose on limbs, seven on the trunk, and one on the head and neck area. Reexamination of the clinical records suggests that childhood melanoma may present with unusual characteristics such as unusual appearance of the primary lesion and lack or scarcity of pigmentation. At first observation ten patients had stage I disease nine underwent surgery alone while in one surgery was performed in combination with regional lymph node dissection and chemotherapy. All the stage II patients underwent excision of the primary lesion and lymph node dissection. One of the 2 stage III patients received lymph node dissection only, and the other no treatment. Analysis of this series of 17 cases does not indicate that cutaneous melanoma in children is more aggressive than in adults. It is stressed that, although rare, the physician should be aware that cutaneous melanoma may occur in prepuberty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1994


  • childhood
  • melanoma
  • nevus
  • risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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