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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 39-42

Oral mucosal melanoma: A case report


Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sri Venkata Sai Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahabubnagar, Telangana, India

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Uma M Jangili
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sri Venkata Sai Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahabubnagar, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.JIAOMR_140_16

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Malignant melanoma is most deadly of all primary skin cancers. Over 90% of melanomas occur on the skin. Half of such melanomas occur in the oral cavity, followed by nasal cavity (44%) and sinuses (8%). In the oral cavity, the most frequent sites of occurrence are hard palate and maxillary gingiva. Mucosal melanomas represent a diagnostic challenge than the more common cutaneous melanomas because oral melanomas demonstrate significant heterogeneity in morphological features, developmental process, and biological behaviour. This case report highlights an exophytic, lobulated oral malignant melanoma involving maxillary gingiva and is presented to reemphasize the fact that any pigmented lesion in the oral cavity should be examined with suspicion; proper investigation should be carried out to rule out any untoward experiences later.


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