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A Case of Primary Malignant Melanoma of the Esophagus
[Epub ahead of print]
Published online: March 30, 2009
Departments of Internal Medicine and *Pathology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
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Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus is a rare, but aggressive tumor with a fatal prognosis. Hematogenous and lymphatic metastasis are common. The tumor has multiple black and pigmented lesions. Resection of the tumor with an anastomotic procedure is the treatment of choice. Despite this operation, the prognosis is quite poor with the mean life expectancy being less than 1 year. We describe here a case of a 54-year-old man with esophageal malignant melanoma, and we also include a review of the relevant literature. (Korean J Gastrointest Endosc 2009;38:133-136)

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