[Primary malignant melanoma of the parotid gland: a case report and review of the literature]

Maier, H; Mühlmeier, G; Kraft, K; Blumstein, N M; Tisch, M (2008). [Primary malignant melanoma of the parotid gland: a case report and review of the literature]. HNO, 56(6), pp. 627-32. Heidelberg: Springer-Medizin-Verlag 10.1007/s00106-007-1634-5

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Malignant melanomas (MMs) of the parotid gland are relatively uncommon. They occur almost invariably as metastases from a primary tumour located in the region of the scalp or the mucous membranes of the nose, paranasal sinuses, or throat. Primary MMs arising in the parotid gland are extremely rare. It is assumed that they originate in the glandular tissue or in intraglandular lymph nodes. We present a case report and review of the literature on the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of intraparotid malignant melanoma. Diagnosis is based primarily on B-scan ultrasonography and fine-needle aspiration cytology. Patients with a cytological diagnosis of MM are further evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography and receive a thorough ear-nose-throat and dermatological examination. The treatment of choice is total parotidectomy and selective neck dissection. The effectiveness of adjuvant treatments such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy remains controversial. Patients with primary MMs of the parotid gland appear to have a better prognosis than those with parotid metastases from melanomas of the skin or mucous membranes.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Radiation Oncology

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04 Oct 2013 15:05

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