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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 86  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 741-742

Spindle-cell malignant melanoma

1 Department of Dermatology, Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada, Madrid, Spain
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Fundación Instituto San José, Subacute Unity, Madrid, Spain

Date of Web Publication27-Jun-2019

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Dr. Jaime Company-Quiroga
C/Camino del Molino, No 2, Fuenlabrada 28942, Madrid
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijdvl.IJDVL_1046_18

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Company-Quiroga J, Magro-García H, Martínez-Morán C. Spindle-cell malignant melanoma. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2020;86:741-2

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Company-Quiroga J, Magro-García H, Martínez-Morán C. Spindle-cell malignant melanoma. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 23];86:741-2. Available from:

A 90-year-old woman presented with a long-standing cutaneous lesion localized to the left cheek, which was diagnosed elsewhere as an invasive, spindle-cell malignant melanoma 2 years back. The patient and family had then refused surgical management. When she presented to us, the lesion, first described as a 1–2 cm pigmented nodule, had turned into an exophytic, black-greyish ulcerated tumor [Figure 1]. The dramatic clinical evolution motivated the consultation and we performed a skin biopsy, confirming the initial diagnosis. Spindle-cell malignant melanoma is a rare morphologic variant of melanoma, characterized by spindle-shaped cells that usually lose immunoexpression of conventional melanoma markers, forming cohesive fascicles along with epithelioid tumor cells. Misdiagnosis is common since cytological and immunohistochemical features are often indistinguishable from other sarcomatous neoplasms (malignant fibrohistiocytoma, fibrosarcoma, leiomyosarcoma, synovial sarcoma, and malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor). Palliative care was decided in consultation with the patient and the family, however the patient died 3 days after this photograph.
Figure 1: Pigmented ulcerated tumor on the left cheek

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