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J Postgrad Med. 1994 Jan-Mar;40(1):31-3.

Malignant melanoma of nasopharynx extending to the nose with metastasis in the neck.

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  • 1Dept. of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Bombay, Maharashtra.


Malignant melanoma is a rare tumor in otorhinolaryngology. In this paper, we have reported the first case of melanoma of nasopharynx which we came across in 20 years of ENT practice. A 55 year old male patient with complaints of swelling of nose and left side of neck, nasal blockage and epistaxis was diagnosed as melanoma of nose with metastasis in the neck based on clinical and radiological examination. The tumour was excised by lateral rhinotomy with supraomohyoid block dissection on the left side. The tumour was found to originate from lateral wall of nasopharynx and middle turbinate. The surgery was followed by radiotherapy. Diagnosis of melanoma was confirmed on histopathology. During 30 months follow-up, no recurrence was noticed.

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