Primary cervical melanoma with brain metastases. Case report and review of the literature

Francesco M. Salpietro, Concetta Alafaci, Olga Gervasio, Giovanni La Rosa, Ambrogia Baio, Dario Cavallini Francolini, Dario Batolo, Francesco Tomasello

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Abstract

Primary intramedullary melanoma is a very rare tumor that occurs most frequently in the middle or lower thoracic spinal cord. The authors present a case of primary cervical cord melanoma that developed in a 62-year-old man who was surgically treated and subsequently underwent radiation therapy. Clinical and histogenetic features of this neoplasm and results of chemo-, radio-, and immunotherapy are reported. Both 'dysembryogenetic' and 'mesodermal' hypotheses on the origin of primary spinal melanoma are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-666
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Volume89
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1998

Keywords

  • Intramedullary lesion
  • Melanoma
  • Spinal cord tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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