A Rare Case of Oral Mucosal Amelanotic Melanoma in a 77-year-old Immunocompromised Man

J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2021 Jan;14(1):27-29. Epub 2021 Jan 1.


Primary mucosal melanomas are rare neoplasms that occur in the mouth, esophagus, nasopharynx, larynx, and anogenital mucosa. Mucosal melanomas are rare, accounting for approximately one percent of all melanomas. Of the mucosal melanomas that occur in the head and neck, oral mucosal melanomas compose approximately 25 percent. Here, we present a case of an amelanotic oral mucosal melanoma of the mucosal lip in a 77-year-old male patient with a history of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and multiple basal and squamous cell carcinomas. The patient presented with a pink, nonpigmented, pedunculated mass on the left superior mucosal lip. Histopathologic examination of the biopsy specimen revealed a diagnosis of a superficial spreading type of malignant melanoma with a nodular component. The patient was referred to a tertiary care center for further management. Multiple risk factors exist for developing melanoma, including immunosuppression. Lymphoproliferative disorders, such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, lead to inherent immunosuppression, which can be exacerbated by chemotherapy treatments. Cases of oral mucosal melanoma have a poor prognosis due to delayed diagnosis, anatomic location, and aggressive behavior. Surgical resection is first-line therapy, with regional lymph-node dissection of the neck is recommended in most cases. Radiotherapy and targeted molecular therapy, such as c-KIT inhibitors, can also be used.

Keywords: Amelanotic melanoma; c-KIT mutation; mucosal melanoma; oral mucosal melanoma.

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