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Gastroenterology Review/Przegląd Gastroenterologiczny
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1/2008
vol. 3
 
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Case report
Primary anorectal malignant melanoma – a case report

Zbigniew Kula
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Katarzyna Kłonowska-Majchrzak

Przegląd Gastroenterologiczny 2008; 3 (1): 52–55
Online publish date: 2008/03/04
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Primary anorectal melanoma is a rare malignant tumour with more than 500 cases reported in the literature and has an extremely poor prognosis. This disease is sometimes mistaken for such benign conditions as haemorrhoids. We report on a 73-year old man with symptoms of rectal pain and bleeding. The diagnosis was established with colonoscopy and biopsy, and radiation and rectal resection were performed. The survival time from when the tumour was diagnosed was two years. Early diagnosis is key for efficient treatment and to improve survival rate for patients with anorectal melanoma.
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melanoma malignum, anal canal, rectum

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