Role of surgery in patients with metastases from melanoma. A case report

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Domenico Vendettuoli
Domenico Giannotti
Paola Grilli
Claudia D’ Ercole
Alberto Santoro
Adriano Redler
Roberto Cirocchi
Stefano Trastulli
Nicola Avenia
Giorgio Di Rocco


INTRODUCTION: The prognosis of patients with melanoma varies according to the staging of disease at the moment of diagnosis. Melanoma can metastasize to every organ or tissue, but the most common site involved is locoregional. In selected patients surgery plays a central role with the possibility of changing the prognosis at distance.

CASE REPORT: A 65-years old man with a diagnosis of neoplasm of the left thyroid lobe and metastatic melanoma with unknown primitive localization. Since 2003 the patient has undergone many operations to remove metastatic melanoma.

Currently he is in good conditions and performs neoadjuvant palliative treatments.

DISCUSSION: The indication for surgery in cases of patients with distant disease (IV stage) or metastases in transit (IIIc stage) is linked to the possibility of surgical removal of individual lesions.

In particular are candidates for surgery patients who have a visceral localization less than or equal to 2 sites, a number less than or equal to 8 metastases, in good health and having a melanoma-specific survival estimated more than 3 months; surgical approach requires an accurate and early identification by imaging study. The case report shows that in selected cases, some patients may benefit from aggressive surgery, especially in terms of survival at distance.

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Vendettuoli, Domenico, et al. “Role of Surgery in Patients With Metastases from Melanoma. A Case Report”. Annali Italiani Di Chirurgia, vol. 81, no. 6, Nov. 2010, pp. 453-6,
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