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.
|Numero di pagine||4|
|Rivista||International Journal of Surgery Case Reports|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2012|
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