Anal Melanoma

An Aggressive Malignancy Masquerading as Hemorrhoids

Michael W. Felz, Ginger B. Winburn, Andre M. Kallab, Jeffrey R. Lee

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Abstract

Anal melanoma is a devastating malignancy easily confused with benign hemorrhoids. Physician unfamiliarity with this bleeding rectal lesion can lead to delays in diagnosis and therapy. Four cases of anal melanoma, all initially mistaken for hemorrhoids, have been documented in the past 4 years at our institution. Despite surgical intervention and chemoimmunotherapy, each patient succumbed to widely metastatic disease. Average survival was 15.2 months. The clinical, pathologic, surgical, and oncologic features of anal melanoma are reviewed to enhance physician recognition of this unusual anorectal disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)880-885
Number of pages6
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume94
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001

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Hemorrhoids
Melanoma
Rectal Diseases
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Neoplasms
Hemorrhage
Survival
Therapeutics

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Felz, M. W., Winburn, G. B., Kallab, A. M., & Lee, J. R. (2001). Anal Melanoma: An Aggressive Malignancy Masquerading as Hemorrhoids. Southern Medical Journal, 94(9), 880-885.

Anal Melanoma : An Aggressive Malignancy Masquerading as Hemorrhoids. / Felz, Michael W.; Winburn, Ginger B.; Kallab, Andre M.; Lee, Jeffrey R.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 94, No. 9, 01.09.2001, p. 880-885.

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Felz, MW, Winburn, GB, Kallab, AM & Lee, JR 2001, 'Anal Melanoma: An Aggressive Malignancy Masquerading as Hemorrhoids', Southern Medical Journal, vol. 94, no. 9, pp. 880-885.
Felz MW, Winburn GB, Kallab AM, Lee JR. Anal Melanoma: An Aggressive Malignancy Masquerading as Hemorrhoids. Southern Medical Journal. 2001 Sep 1;94(9):880-885.
Felz, Michael W. ; Winburn, Ginger B. ; Kallab, Andre M. ; Lee, Jeffrey R. / Anal Melanoma : An Aggressive Malignancy Masquerading as Hemorrhoids. In: Southern Medical Journal. 2001 ; Vol. 94, No. 9. pp. 880-885.
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