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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 232-233

Anorectal melanocarcinoma: A case report and review of literature

Department of Surgery, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India

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Kshetrimayum Raju Singh
Department of Surgery, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.127403

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Primary anorectal malignant melanoma is very rare disorder accounting for 1% of all anorectal malignancies other than adenocarcinoma. It presents usually like polypoid lesion which projects into the anorectal lumen and progresses rapidly towards the rectal wall. We report a case in a 40 years old woman presented with a polypoidal mass and bleeding per rectum. The tumour is usually at advance stage at the time of diagnosis. Because of their relative scarcity, only few clinical trials have evaluated the treatment options. Aggressive surgical treatment is usually not recommended for a clinically localized disease. The disease should be considered as one of the differential diagnosis in anorectal malignancies other than adenocarcinoma. Early diagnosis with histological features confirmed with immunohistochemistry will help in appropriate treatment and long term survival of the patient.

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