Metastatic Malignant Melanoma during Pregnancy : Case report and a Review of the literature

Mariam Mathew, Shahila Sheik, Kuntal Rao, Ikram A Burney, Sukhpal Sawhney, Aisha Al-Hamdani

Abstract


Malignant melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancers and, when it occurs during pregnancy, it can frequently metastasise to the placenta and the foetus. Earlier reports suggested a rapid progress of the disease during pregnancy with a poor prognosis; however, recent controlled studies found that stage for stage, the prognosis of melanoma during pregnancy is similar to that in a non-pregnant state. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can avoid a tragic outcome.



Keywords


Malignant melanoma; Pregnancy; Metastasis; Case report; Oman.

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