Vulvar melanoma: A report of 10 cases and review of the literature

Paola De Simone, Vitaliano Silipo, Pierluigi Buccini, Giustino Mariani, Samantha Marenda, Laura Eibenschutz, Angela Ferrari, Caterina Catricalà

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Abstract

Despite its low incidence, vulvar melanoma carries a poor prognosis and shows a high tendency to metastasize because the diagnosis is often delayed. Although it is very well known that ultraviolet radiation is an important aetiological factor for cutaneous melanomas in adults, this cannot be considered true for vulvar melanoma. Chronic inflammatory disease, viral infections, irritant agents are the main factors suspected to induce mucosal melanoma. We report 10 cases of vulvar malignant melanoma observed in our institute from 1990 to 2005 and a review of the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalMelanoma Research
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Malignant melanoma
  • Vulvar melanoma
  • Vulvar neoplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Dermatology

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