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Ugeskr Laeger. 2012 Dec 10;174(50):3177-8.

[Fatal outcome of belated diagnosis of an acral lentiginous melanoma].

[Article in Danish]

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  • 1Plastikkirurgisk Afdeling P, Roskilde Sygehus, Køgevej 7-13, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark. Rasmusnkristensen@gmail.com


Acral lentiginous melanomas (ALM) are often diagnosed at advanced stages, which is associated with a very poor prognosis. ALM can be mistaken for a subungual haematoma when located on the nail unit or e.g. as a foot ulcer, or for a bacterial/fungal infection, verruca, eczema when located on the skin. In this case report, we present a case of ALM in which belated diagnosis led to a fatal outcome. This case illustrates that non-healing wounds may represent malignant tumours, even in younger patients. Early biopsy and correct diagnosis is paramount for optimal treatment and prognosis.

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