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Korean J Gastrointest Endosc > Volume 42(6); 2011 > Article
Korean Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2011;42(6): 388-391.
A Case of Whole Body Metastatic Malignant Melanoma
Kook Hyun Kim, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine, CHA Gumi Medical Center, CHA University, Gumi, Korea
Malignant melanomas have the potential to metastasize to any site in the body. They commonly invade the gastrointestinal tract. The small bowel is most commonly involved, followed by the stomach, large bowel, and esophagus. The vast majority of gastrointestinal melanomas are metastatic from a cutaneous lesion. An abdominal CT scan revealed multiple and variable sized low density lesions throughout the whole liver. Endoscopy revealed multiple black pigmentations at the distal esophagus, stomach, duodenum and rectum. The brain CT showed multiple hemorrhagic metastases in the brain. This 72-year-old man had malignant melanoma in his right thumb one year ago. It had metastasized to the liver, lung, gastrointestinal tract and brain. Here we report this case of whole body metastatic malignant melanoma and review the literature.
Key Words: Malignant melanoma, Melanoma
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