Late Metastases from a Thin Primary Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

  • Regina Caldas Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6921-7916
  • Filipa T. Almeida Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6561-5338
  • Teresa Pereira Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  • Inês Carvalho Department of Neurology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  • Sofia D. Carvalho Department of Surgical Pathology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  • Celeste Brito Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
Keywords: Melanoma, Neoplasm Metastasis, Recurrence, Skin Neoplasms

Abstract

Cutaneous malignant melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer, and its incidence has been rising. Its mortality rate is considerable, due to an aggressive phenotype and great ability of dissemination, mainly in the first years of follow- -up. Late recurrences, those presenting more than 10 years after diagnosis, are rare. The main prognostic factor of cutaneous malignant melanoma is tumor thickness, which also guides management. Thin tumors often have a good prognosis. We report a case of a 66-year-old woman with a history of excision of a thin primary cutaneous malignant melanoma of the dorsum, presenting 16 years later with an unexpected, rapidly progressing and lethal recurrence.

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Published
2020-05-06
How to Cite
Caldas, R., Almeida, F. T., Pereira, T., Carvalho, I., Carvalho, S. D., & Brito, C. (2020). Late Metastases from a Thin Primary Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 78(1), 71-74. https://doi.org/10.29021/spdv.78.1.1157
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