Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Esophagus in a Young Adult

Boulafendis, Demetrio; Damiani, Michel; Sie, Evelyn; Bastounis, Elias; Samaan, Hakim A.
June 1985
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Jun1985, Vol. 80 Issue 6, p417
Academic Journal
A 31-year-old white man presented with a 30-day history of dysphagia without weight loss. Esophagogram revealed a lobulated mass at the junction of the middle and lower third of the esophagus. Esophagoscopy showed the presence of a pigmented tumor at that level. Histological examination indicated that the tumor was a primary malignant melanoma. Partial esophagectomy was performed through a right thoracotomy incision, revealing hilar lymph nodes invaded by tumor. One month postoperatively, the patient died from extensive brain metastases.


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