Intestinal melanoma: A broad spectrum of clinical presentation

Giovanni Guercio, Gaetano Giuseppe Di Vita, Rosalia Patti, Valentina Territo

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Small intestine melanomas are rare and the most of them are metastases from primarycutaneous neoplasms.PRESENTATION OF CASE: Below, we report two cases of small intestine metastatic melanoma with verydifferent clinical presentation.DISCUSSION: Still now, primary versus metastatic origin is often unclear. Small bowel melanoma is oftenasymptomatic. However, clinical picture can be various; it may occurs with non specific symptoms andsigns of gastro-intetstinal involvement, like chronic abdominal pain, occult or gross bleeding and weightloss, or with an emergency picture due to intestinal intussusception, obstruction or, rarely, perforation.CONCLUSION: Small bowel melanoma is rare and the diagnosis done late. Imaging techniques are recommendedin order to obtain early diagnosis of gastrointestinal metastases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-398
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Volume3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery

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