Melanosarcoma is well known, in general, to have its origin in pigmented tissue such as the choroid of the eye or the skin. The former is an especially favorable site for this form of lesion, it being more often found in the orbital region than elsewhere. The following case report is of interest as the mucous membrane of the lower turbinate, which is covered with ciliated columnar epithelium, does not contain pigmented tissue in its normal state.
REPORT OF CASE
History.—Mrs. A. S., aged 67, complained of nasal occlusion affecting the left side of the nose, of three months' duration, with complete obliteration for the past six weeks. A tumor mass protruded well into the left vestibule of the nose; there was frequent profuse nasal hemorrhage; no pain or discomfort was present. The family history revealed nothing of importance.
Examination.—Externally the nose was normal. There was no
CLEVENGER WF, NORRIS HL. MELANOSARCOMA ORIGINATING IN THE MUCOUS MEMBRANE OF THE LOWER TURBINATE. Arch Otolaryngol. 1930;12(1):81–83. doi:10.1001/archotol.1930.03570010091013
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