Head and neck polypoid melanoma

J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Jan;23(1):e23-5. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e3182420801.


Polypoid melanoma represents a rare clinical variant of nodular melanoma skin cancer in which the tumor is connected to the skin by a pedicle, characterized by exophytic growth, ulceration, and young age at onset (20-39 years) with a special predilection for the back and with a survival rate at 5 years ranging from 32% to 42% as compared with 57% 5-year survival for nodular subtype and 77% for the superficial subtype. We present a case of a deeply pigmented polypoid melanoma arising on the face of a 77-year-old man. We performed a literature review to clarify its surgical management and prognosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Facial Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanoma / diagnosis*
  • Melanoma-Specific Antigens / analysis
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Polyps / diagnosis
  • S100 Proteins / analysis
  • Skin Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skin Ulcer / diagnosis
  • gp100 Melanoma Antigen


  • Melanoma-Specific Antigens
  • PMEL protein, human
  • S100 Proteins
  • gp100 Melanoma Antigen