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Asian Oncology Research Journal, XXXX,Vol.: 1, Issue.: 1

Case Study

Primary Mucosal Melanoma of Upper Alveolar Ridge and Hard Palate – A Case Report


F. Massilamani1, S. Kailasam1, C. K. Vishnu Priya1* and R. Poorani2

1Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Uthandi, Chennai- 119, India.

2Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Tambarm East, Chennai, India.

Article Information
(1) Vaishali Kapoor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA.
(1) Rajesh Balakrishnan, Christian Medical College, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, India.
(2) Manas Bajpai, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, NIMS Dental College, India.
(3) Deepak Pandiar, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, India.
(4) Ciro Dantas Soares, Piracicaba Dental School, State University of Campinas, Brazil.
(5) Sucheta Bansal, Himachal Pradesh University, India.
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Melanoma is a potentially aggressive malignant tumor that arises from melanocytes and is most commonly cutaneous in origin. Patients greater than 60 years of age have a higher incidence of malignant melanoma with a slight male predilection. Primary oral melanoma is an extremely rare malignant tumor. The predominant site of primary oral melanoma is the hard palate and maxillary alveolus. The asymptomatic early stage of the lesion makes the late diagnosis of the tumor. This article presents a rare case of malignant melanoma of maxilla with an asymptomatic palatal pigmentation.

Keywords :

Oral melanoma; aggressive; melanocytes; hard palate.

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