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Primary gastrointestinal melanoma


Other Names for this Disease
  • Malignant melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Melanoma of the GI tract
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Overview

Primary melanoma of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract refers to a melanoma starting in the stomach, intestines, salivary glands, mouth, esophagus, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, or rectum. Melanoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the melanocytes. Melanocytes are commonly found in the skin and are the cells that give the skin color. While it is not uncommon for melanomas to start in the skin and later spread to other parts of the body, melanomas originating in the gastrointestinal tract are rare. The most frequently reported site is in the esophagus and anorectum.[1]
Last updated: 1/6/2009

References

  1. Letovanec I, Vionnet M, Bouzourene H. . Primary appendiceal melanoma: Fiction or reality?. Human Pathol. 2004 May;
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  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Primary gastrointestinal melanoma. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Malignant melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Melanoma of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Melanoma of the GI tract
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.