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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 426-432

Acral nodular melanoma presenting with rapid progression

Department of Pathology, Surgery, Physiology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Karad, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Sunil Vitthalrao Jagtap
Department of Pathology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Deemed University, Karad 415110,Maharashtra.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_183_20

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Melanoma is a malignant tumor that is derived from melanocytes of the skin and other sites. Melanoma accounts for 1% to 3% of all malignancies and 1% to 2% of all cancer deaths worldwide. We are presenting a case of a 42-year-old female who presented to the surgery department with a growth over the right heel since 18 months, with a history of trauma to the site. The lesion showed rapid progression with a large mass and secondary skin ulceration and sloughing. A PET scan showed an enhancing lesion on the right heel measuring 11 mm in thickness. There was no evidence of any systemic organ or any lymph node metastasis. Surgical excision and reconstruction on the part of the heel by a local flap with sural graft with split-thickness skin grafting was done. The excised growth was sent for histopathology. The histopathological diagnosis of nodular melanoma (NM) of the heel was given. We are presenting this case for its clinical, histopathological, and surgical management.

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