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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1998;32(9): 694-696.
Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Esophagus: A case report.
Lee So Maeng, Kyoung Mee Kim, Eun Jung Lee, Anhi Lee, Sang In Shim
Department of Clinical Pathology, Catholic University Medical College, Seoul, Korea.
This report presents an unusual case of primary malignant melanoma in the midesophagus. The patient was a 36-year-old woman presenting with dysphagia and odynophagia. The resected esophagus and proximal stomach showed a dark purple large polypoid mass, measuring 6.0 3.3 2.0 cm, with a diffuse tan pigmentation of surrounding mucosa in the mid-esophagus and two small daughter nodules, up to 1.2 0.3 cm, in the lower esophagus near the gastro-esophageal junction. A microscopic examination revealed a malignant melanoma of epithelioid cell type confined to mucosa and submucosa with a diffuse melanosis. Cytoplasmic immunoreactivity for HMB 45 and S-100 protein were noted. An electron microscopic examination revealed large, loosely cohesive variable shaped cells with a few cytoplasmic premelanosomes.
Key Words: Melanoma; Esophagus; Melanosis