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January 1980

Spontaneous Regression of a Facial Malignant Melanoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Creighton University School of Medicine (Drs Whicker and DeMarco), and the Department of Pathology, Archbishop Bergan Mercy Hospital (Dr Fitzgibbons), Omaha.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(1):50-51. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790250052010

• We report a case of a head and neck melanoma fulfilling the criteria for spontaneous regression of the primary tumor. The melanoma originated within a pretragal nevus. Histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed regressive changes within the nevus but no demonstrable melanoma. This brings to a total of 14 the number of patients with documented regression of a primary melanoma.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:50-51, 1980)