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Volume 8 (2008), Pages 556-557
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2008.78
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Diffuse Melanosis and Ascites due to Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

Dermatology Department, University Hospital La Paz, Madrid, Spain

Received 2 March 2008; Revised 27 April 2008; Accepted 30 April 2008

Academic Editor: Daniel Batlle

Copyright © 2008 Elena Sendagorta et al.

Abstract

We present a female patient who developed mucosal and skin hyperpigmentation due to metastatic malignant melanoma. Diffuse cutaneus melanosis is a rare entity that complicates a small percentage of metastatic melanomas, confering a fatal prognosis. We discuss briefly the current evidence on pathogenesis of melanosis arising from metastatic melanoma.