Giant acral melanoma on the left thumb of a korean patient

Jae Hwan Kim, Se Yeong Jeong, Jae Bin Shin, Ki Woong Ro, Soo-Hong Seo, Sang Wook Son, Il-Hwan Kim

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Abstract

The acral regions of the limbs of Asians are predisposed to develop malignant melanoma, but giant-sized acral melanoma has not been previously reported in the Asian population. Giant-sized melanoma implies aggressive tumor invasion and so it is more difficult to achieve a therapeutic cure. A 56-year-old woman presented with a giant acral melanoma of the left thumb with concomitant bone destruction and axillary lymph node metastasis. The initial lesion was a subungual black macule on the left thumb that had grown into a giant 7.0x4.0x3.5 cm-sized melanoma over a 3 year period. The left thumb was amputated and the axillary lymph nodes were completely dissected. During the ensuing 3 months, she underwent adjuvant treatment with interfer-on-alpha-2a. The interesting feature of this case is that the large melanoma mass of this patient, which was accompanied with adjacent bone destruction and lymph node metastasis, had developed rapidly from a small black macule in the nail matrix, and this black macule was suspected to be a subungual melanoma. (Ann Dermatol 21(2) 171∼173, 2009).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-173
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Dermatology
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1

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Keywords

  • Bone invasion
  • Lnterferon-alpha-2a
  • Lymph node metastasis
  • Melanoma

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  • Dermatology

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Giant acral melanoma on the left thumb of a korean patient. / Kim, Jae Hwan; Jeong, Se Yeong; Shin, Jae Bin; Ro, Ki Woong; Seo, Soo-Hong; Son, Sang Wook; Kim, Il-Hwan.

In: Annals of Dermatology, Vol. 21, No. 2, 01.12.2009, p. 171-173.

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Kim, Jae Hwan ; Jeong, Se Yeong ; Shin, Jae Bin ; Ro, Ki Woong ; Seo, Soo-Hong ; Son, Sang Wook ; Kim, Il-Hwan. / Giant acral melanoma on the left thumb of a korean patient. In: Annals of Dermatology. 2009 ; Vol. 21, No. 2. pp. 171-173.
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