Surgical pathology, management and outcome in the vulvar melanoma associated with abdominal mass - a case report

Vol. 57 No. 4, 2016

ROMANIAN JOURNAL of MORPHOLOGY and EMBRYOLOGY

Costin Berceanu, Florinel Pop, Claudia Mehedintu, Monica Mihaela Cirstoiu, Razvan Ciortea, Sabina Berceanu, Ioana Andreea Gheonea, Elvira Bratila

Vulvar malignant melanomas are extremely rare neoplasms, representing less than 3% of all cancers in women, 9% of all external genital tract malignancies and 9% of all primary vulvar malignancies. We present the case of a 60-year-old Caucasian patient, who has been admitted in the Clinic of Obstetrics and Gynecology with polymorphic, vulvar local, pelvic-abdominal, genitourinary and general symptoms, being diagnosed with nodular and superficial spreading vulvar melanoma and multiple voluminous uterine leiomyoma with various degenerations. Our study presents the approach of this case in terms of surgical pathology, management, prognosis and outcome. Surgical treatment is the central element of therapeutic management. Vulva melanomas are in general a relatively unpredictable unfavorable prognosis. The sizes of the tumor, the thickness and micro-staging are essential factors for prognosis.

Corresponding author: Claudia Mehedintu, Senior Lecturer, MD, PhD; e-mail: claudiamehedintu@yahoo.com

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