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Cases J. 2009 Feb 4;2(1):125. doi: 10.1186/1757-1626-2-125.

Metastatic malignant melanoma of the conjunctiva: a case report.

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Academic Unit of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds School of Medicine, Leeds, LS1 3EX, UK. etsiridis@doctors.org.uk.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Malignant melanoma of the conjunctiva is an extremely rare non-cutaneous neoplasm with infrequent skeletal metastatic spread.

CASE PRESENTATION:

We present the case of a 54 year old female Caucasian patient with osseous metastases originating from a malignant melanoma of her right conjunctiva. Metastatic deposits were identified in the left humeral diaphysis and left tibial metaphysis. Clinical, radiological and scintigraphic evaluation necessitated prompt stabilisation of both long bones. Following reamed intramedullary nailing and post-operative radiotherapy she remains asymptomatic six months post-operatively.

CONCLUSION:

This unusual pattern of metastatic spread to the appendicular skeleton of an extremely rare melanomatous lesion requires diagnostic vigilance as well as a multidisciplinary approach for accurate diagnosis, staging and management. Due to the poor prognosis, treatment goals should be directed to palliation of symptoms and prolongation of the quality of life.

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