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

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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 113-115
Amelanotic melanoma of the tongue

1 Department of Pathology, Guntur Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Pathology, Government General Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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I V Renuka
Department of Pathology, Guntur Medical College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522 004
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-029X.110699

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Malignant melanoma of the oral cavity is a rare lesion, with an incidence of about 0.2% to 0.8% of all melanomas. Melanoma of tongue is still rarer and represents less than 2% of oro-nasal melanoma cases. We report a rare case of amelanotic melanoma of the tongue in a young man. The importance of consideration of melanoma in the differential diagnosis of oral cavity lesions is discussed since mucosal melanoma carries a bad prognosis and early diagnosis is vital.

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