Gastrointestinal Tract Metastases of Malignant Melanoma. A Case Report

Florea Voinea1, Mariana Aschie2, Eugen Dumitru1, Luana Caraman1, Alina Sburlan1

1) 1st Medical Clinic, Department of Gastroenterology. 2) Department of Morphopathology. Faculty of Medicine, Constanta

Abstract

Metastatic spread from an extradigestive tumor rarely involves the gastrointestinal tract. However, malignant melanoma has a particular position in that it more frequently involves the digestive tract. Gastrointestinal metastases are generally clinically undetectable in the early stages because the clinical symptoms are nonspecific. In this report we present a case of a malignant melanoma with colorectal and duodenal metastases (the latter being a rare intravitam finding) and we discuss the metastatic melanoma's particularities according to the anatomical site.

Key words

Malignant melanoma - gastrointestinal metastases - endoscopy