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pediatric melanoma

Wednesday 12 May 2010

Digital case

- JRC:10650 : Cutaneous melanoma in a child.

Epidemiology

Pediatric melanoma is rare but increasing in incidence.

Some risk factors for melanoma include xeroderma pigmentosum, giant congenital melanocytic nevi, dysplastic nevus syndrome, atypical nevi, many acquired melanocytic nevi, family history of melanoma, and immunosuppression.

Treatment

Definitive treatment is with surgical excision.

Adjuvant therapies such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy can be used in advanced cases.

See also

- melanomas

References

- Outcomes of Atypical Spitz Tumors With Chromosomal Copy Number Aberrations and Conventional Melanomas in Children. Gerami P, Cooper C, Bajaj S, Wagner A, Fullen D, Busam K, Scolyer RA, Xu X, Elder DE, Abraham RM, Prieto VG, Guitart J, Liu P, Pestova E, Barnhill RL. Am J Surg Pathol. 2013 Jun 20. PMID: 23797719

- Childhood melanoma. Jen M, Murphy M, Grant-Kels JM. Clin Dermatol. 2009 Nov-Dec;27(6):529-36. PMID: 19880040