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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 105-107

Malignant melanoma: A rare case report

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Yashoda Superspeciality Hospitals, Ghaziabad, India
2 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sarjug Dental College and Hospital, Darbhanga, Bihar, India

Correspondence Address:
Mallika Kishore
Yashoda Superspeciality Hospitals, Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-1363.189976

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Malignant melanoma in the oral cavity accounts for only 0.2–8% of all malignant melanomas and it has a much poorer prognosis than its counterpart on the skin. Due to the greater tendency toward metastasis, oral melanoma is considered quite aggressive. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential for a better prognosis regarding melanomas and a reduced risk of mortality from them. To date, very few cases have been reported, according to the data we have collected. Literature search shows that oral malignant melanoma was often implicated on the maxillary gingiva compared to the mandibular gingiva. In contrast, we describe a case of malignant melanoma on the mandibular gingiva in this report. This is a rare presentation for the condition which is detailed in this case report of malignant melanoma in a 57-year-old male who presented with painless, pigmented swelling on the mandibular gingiva.

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