Medical Practice and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Med. Pract. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2596
  • DOI: 10.5897/MPR
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 43

Full Length Research Paper

Anal melanomas: The sun does not shine on this mucosa

Arcot Rekha
  • Arcot Rekha
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
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Leena Dennis Joseph
  • Leena Dennis Joseph
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
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Vishwanath M. Pai
  • Vishwanath M. Pai
  • Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, India
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  •  Accepted: 21 August 2013
  •  Published: 28 February 2014

Abstract

Cutaneous melanomas are rare in the Indian population and mucosal and anorectal lesions are seen but very occasionally. They often masquerade as hemorrhoids leading to delay in diagnosis. This was a retrospective study done in Sri Ramachandra University, where hospital records were perused to record all cases of anal melanomas. Abdomino-perineal resection and wide local excision offer equal survival rates. Novel targeted therapy represents the cutting edge of therapy today.
 
Key words: Anorectal, malignant melanoma, surgical treatment.