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An Official Publication of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists

Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 82-85
Oral malignant melanoma

1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, GSL Dental College, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Oral Surgery, GSL Dental College, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sahana Ashok
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, GSL Dental College, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.JOMFP_5_19

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Malignant melanoma in the head and neck area is rare. The incidence of oral malignant melanomas of the head and neck is approximately four per 10 million populations per year. They are derived from epidermal melanocytes and are most frequently seen on the palate and maxillary gingiva. They are asymptomatic initially but become painful with progress and enlargement. Later, they are associated with ulceration, bleeding, mobility of tooth, paresthesia and ill-fitting prosthesis. The diagnosis is often delayed due to silent growth and development of the lesion. Oral malignant melanomas are associated with poor prognosis due to their invasive and metastasizing tendencies. This case report is presented to emphasize the role of a dentist in identifying the pigmented lesions of the oral cavity.

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