Metastatic malignant melanoma arising in the ovary: A case report and review of the literature


Introduction: This article is a case report of metastatic malignant melanoma to the ovary and a review of the current literature on recommendations for diagnosis and management. Background: Metastatic involvement of the ovary from malignant melanoma is relatively uncommon and represents a diagnostic challenge. There are 74 cases of malignant melanoma metastasing to the ovary reported in the English literature. Malignant melanoma in the ovary is often found at autopsy, as a part of an extensive multisystemic spread of the disease and is rarely diagnosed during life. Most cases reported in the literature thus far occurred in women of reproductive age. Commonly, the history of a primary cutaneous melanoma lesion is remote, and in some cases, absent [1]. Most cases are associated with disseminated disease and carried a dismal prognosis [2].

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Harris, A. and Blumenthal, N. (2013) Metastatic malignant melanoma arising in the ovary: A case report and review of the literature. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 3, 7-9. doi: 10.4236/ojog.2013.37A1002.

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