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February 1973

Ten-Year Survival With Multiple Metastatic Malignant MelanomaPrimary Site Unknown

Author Affiliations

From the departments of medicine (Dr. Huffman) and pathology (Dr. Sterin), St. Luke's Hospital, Cleveland. Dr. Huffman is now with the Longmont (Colo) Clinic.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(2):234-235. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350140090027

Malignant melanoma is a very erratic neoplasm, occasionally with unusual survival patterns in the presence of metastatic disease. Our patient had three separate metastatic lesions excised (from the neck, wall of the chest, and small bowel), with no known primary site or specific treatment. He is living and well 11 years after the initial diagnosis.