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Australas J Dermatol. 2013 May;54(2):141-3. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12033. Epub 2013 Feb 21.

Intravascular metastatic melanoma: a difficult diagnosis.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine, PET and Ultrasound, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. s.ghattas1@gmail.com

Abstract

Melanoma is a common cancer with the potential for widespread metastasis; however intravascular metastasis is extremely rare. We report an unusual case of a patient with metastatic melanoma in whom (18) F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (FDG PET-CT) demonstrated an intravascular melanoma metastasis in the superior vena cava (SVC), successfully treated with external beam radiotherapy. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case where FDG PET-CT was used to make this diagnosis.

PMID:
23425235
DOI:
10.1111/ajd.12033
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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