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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2015, 3(9), 282-285
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-3-9-5
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Recurrent Oral Melanoma: A Case Report and Challenges in Management in Poor Resource Economy

Olufemi O Ariyibi1, Olufemi K Ogundipe2 and Babatunde M Duduyemi3,

1Department of Pathology, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Nigeria

2Department of Dental Services, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Nigeria

3Department of Pathology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana

Pub. Date: August 04, 2015

Cite this paper:
Olufemi O Ariyibi, Olufemi K Ogundipe and Babatunde M Duduyemi. Recurrent Oral Melanoma: A Case Report and Challenges in Management in Poor Resource Economy. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2015; 3(9):282-285. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-3-9-5

Abstract

Oral melanoma is a rare aggressive neoplasm which accounts for only 0.2-8% of all reported malignant melanomas. The common sites of its occurrence are the palate and gingiva with the maxillary arch being affected 80% of the time. Because of their presence at relatively obscure areas in the oral cavity, most of the malignant melanomas of the oral cavity are diagnosed at a late stage. We report a case of oral melanoma in a 55-year-old post-menopausal woman who had surgical excision followed by chemo-radiation but suffered recurrence. The challenges of management and the poor prognosis of the case are emphasized in this case report.

Keywords:
oral melanoma recurrence palate gingiva management challenges

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