Korean J Pediatr Hematol Oncol.  2001 Oct;8(2):378-381.

A Case of Malignant Melanoma in Children

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. cngped@cmc.cuk.ac.kr

Abstract

Malignant melanoma is a very rare disease in children. There is an increased risk for the development of malignant melanoma in patient with giant congenital melanocytic nevus. The manifestations of distant metastases in malignant melanoma commonly indicate a poor prognosis. First line treatment of malignant melanoma is excision, but when associated with giant congenital melanocytic nevus, excision is very difficult due to the site and the size of the lesions. However, malignant melanoma is not sensitive to chemotherapy, but a child is more sensitive than an adult. We report a case of unresectable childhood malignant melanoma associated with a giant congenital melanocytic nevus in a 3 year-old female treated with chemotherapy.

Keyword

Malignant melanoma; Giant congenital melanocytic nevus; Childhood

MeSH Terms

Adult
Child*
Child, Preschool
Drug Therapy
Female
Humans
Melanoma*
Neoplasm Metastasis
Nevus, Pigmented
Prognosis
Rare Diseases
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