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January 1969

Malignant Melanoma in the Form of Pedunculated Papules

Author Affiliations

New York; Manhasset, NY

From the Department of Dermatology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and the Dermatology Service, the Presbyterian Hospital, New York (Dr. Shapiro) and the Department of Dermatology, North Shore Hospital, Manhasset, NY (Dr. Bodian).

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(1):49-50. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610190055009

Two patients with primary cutaneous malignant melanomas are reported. Clinically, both lesions were pedunculated papules, considered by the attending physicians to be totally benign. One had already metastasized. The diagnoses were established only by histological examination. Malignant melanoma should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pedunculated tumors clinically suspected of being nevi, fibromas, or seborrheic keratoses. When removed, all such lesions should be submitted for pathological examination.