Primary malignant melanoma arising in the parotid gland: Case report and literature review

Mario Bussi, Laura Cardarelli, Elena Riontino, Guido Valente

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Melanoma of the head and neck is an extremely rare disease, characterized by difficult and late diagnosis and poor prognosis; moreover, the definition of primary melanomas of the salivary glands remains controversial. In this paper we describe an unusual case of primary melanoma arising in the parotid gland. A 60-year-old woman presented to us for the persistence of a parotid neoplasm diagnosed as carcinoma by fine-needle aspiration and treated with radiation therapy. Wide destructive surgery was performed and immunohistochemical analysis of the surgical specimen led to a diagnosis of melanoma. Complete screening excluded other primary tumor sites. After five years of follow-up the patient is alive and free of disease. Here we report the diagnostic procedures leading to the diagnosis along with a critical analysis of the literature, emphasizing the difficulties in the diagnosis and classification of melanoma as a primary tumor in the parotid gland and the need for destructive surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-525
Number of pages3
JournalTumori
Volume85
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1999

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Parotid Gland
Melanoma
Parotid Neoplasms
Delayed Diagnosis
Rare Diseases
Fine Needle Biopsy
Salivary Glands
Neoplasms
Neck
Radiotherapy
Head
Carcinoma

Keywords

  • Parotid gland
  • Primary malignant melanoma

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  • Cancer Research

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Bussi, M., Cardarelli, L., Riontino, E., & Valente, G. (1999). Primary malignant melanoma arising in the parotid gland: Case report and literature review. Tumori, 85(6), 523-525.

Primary malignant melanoma arising in the parotid gland : Case report and literature review. / Bussi, Mario; Cardarelli, Laura; Riontino, Elena; Valente, Guido.

In: Tumori, Vol. 85, No. 6, 11.1999, p. 523-525.

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Bussi, M, Cardarelli, L, Riontino, E & Valente, G 1999, 'Primary malignant melanoma arising in the parotid gland: Case report and literature review', Tumori, vol. 85, no. 6, pp. 523-525.
Bussi, Mario ; Cardarelli, Laura ; Riontino, Elena ; Valente, Guido. / Primary malignant melanoma arising in the parotid gland : Case report and literature review. In: Tumori. 1999 ; Vol. 85, No. 6. pp. 523-525.
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