Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus

Yonal O., Ibrisim D., Songur Y., Cakaloglu Y., Tuncer K., Kirimlioglu H. , ...More

Case Reports in Gastroenterology, vol.7, no.2, pp.272-276, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000353637
  • Title of Journal : Case Reports in Gastroenterology
  • Page Numbers: pp.272-276


© 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.Primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus (PMME) comprises only 0.1-0.2% of all malignant esophageal tumors. PMME tumors are highly aggressive and metastasize early via hematogenic and lymphatic pathways. Treatment outcome is poor because the cancer has often advanced at the time of diagnosis. Inoperability, unsuccessful treatment with radiotherapy and chemotherapy in advanced tumors and metastases have contributed to its poor prognosis. Here, we present the endoscopic features, endoscopic ultrasonography findings and management of a PMME case.