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Metastatic malignant Melanoma of the Maxillary Gingiva: A Case Report

B. Abdulhakeem1* H. Boudhar1* W. Bijou1 Y. Oukessou1 R.A. Abada1 S. Rouadi1 M. Roubal1 M. Mahtar1
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1 ENT Head and Neck Surgery Department, Ibn Rochd University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco
CP 2023, 5(4), 2594
Submitted: 17 September 2023 | Accepted: 22 November 2023 | Published: 8 December 2023
© 2023 by the Author(s). This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( )

Background: Mucosal malignant melanoma is a rare but aggressive tumor of the oral cavity that accounts for only 0.2-8% of all melanomas. it can take different forms. a biopsy with histopathologic examination is recommended to confirm the diagnosis.  Because of its less favorable prognosis an early diagnosis is preferred. Methods: a 54 years old patient presented with submandibular swelling. an examination of the oral cavity revealed a melanotic lesion on the maxillary mucosa. Results: The examination found a sessile black-brown nodular lesion located on the maxillary gingiva measuring 2cm. anatomopathological analysis concluded to a primary malignant melanoma of the gingiva positive to HMB45 and S1000. No other lesions were found on the complete body CT scan. Conclusion: Malignant melanoma has a poor prognosis, because of its aggressivity, and difficulty of the treatment. Earlier recognition of this condition makes the diagnosis easier.

Malignant melanoma
The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
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