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Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1990 Feb;97(2):124-33.

Malignant melanoma of the vulva: a clinicopathological study of 50 women.

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Department of Pathology, Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Women.


A clinicopathological review of 50 primary malignant melanomas of the vulva in the West Midlands region of England is presented. The overall 5-year-survival rate was 35%, when adjusted for age. Significant predictors of survival were clinical stage, patient age, tumour ulceration, cell type and mitotic rate. Tumour thickness was of prognostic importance but as a prognostic variable it did not operate independently of stage and as most lesions were deeply invasive at presentation vulval tumours must be separated for prognostic purposes into bands at greater overall thicknesses than those used for skin melanomas generally. There was no significant relation between survival and type of surgery performed as a primary therapeutic procedure.

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