Surgical treatment of primary melanoma of the umbilicus with sentinel lymph node biopsy and plastic reconstruction: Case report and review of the literature

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Abstract

Aims, patients and methods: The umbilical melanoma is rare, and the surgical treatment can create difficulties for both radical excision and plastic reconstruction. Our aims are to present a case of primary melanoma of the umbilicus and to discuss the best surgical treatment, as well as review the relevant literature. Results: Surgical excision of primary melanoma of the umbilicus must be carried out to reach the peritoneum. Sentinel lymph node biopsy must be carried as well as plastic reconstruction. Conclusion: Despite the progress in new medical therapy for melanoma, suitable surgical excision is, at present, the only treatment able to improve patient prognosis. In this report we describe the surgical treatment and plastic reconstruction of a case of umbilical melanoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-236
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Melanoma
  • Plastic reconstruction
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB)
  • Umbilicus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery

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