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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1991;25(4): 367-375.
Cytopathologic Observation of Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Lung: A case report.
Yun Mee Kim, Jong Hee Nam, Min Cheol Lee, Joo Yong Yoo, Kyu Hyuk Cho
Department of Pathology, Chonnam University Medical School, Kwangju, Korea.
ABSTRACT
The pulmonary cytology has reached a high level of accuracy. By the examination of the sputum and/or bronchial brushings, it is now possible to make a diagnosis in 70% to 90% of patients with cancer. Primary melanoma of the lung is very rare and there have been reported about 20 cases in the world literature. We present a case of primary malignant melanoma of the lung in a 61-year-old male diagnosed by cytologic examination of sputum, bronchial brushing and aspirated pleural fluid. Histologic examination of bronchoscopic biopsy and examination of the skin and other primary sites confirmed the diagnosis.
Key Words: Primary melanoma; Cytology; Lung