Oct 20, 2007

Melanoma without the Mela(nin)

I saw two patients last week with amelanotic melanoma - a melanoma with very little melanin. Melanin is a pigment that gives skin its color - the darker the skin - the more melanin. Usually we think of melanoma as being black or brown. Amelanotic melanoma is red or pink and is often difficult to detect on skin exam. Here is an example of an amelanotic melanoma:

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