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CASE REPORT Table of Contents   
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-6
Malignant melanoma of the oral cavity


Department of Dental and Oral Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu 632 004, India

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Jagadish Ebenezer
Department of Dental and Oral Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu 632 004
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.29882

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Oral malignant melanoma is a rare disease. The common sites of its occurrence are the palate and gingiva with the maxillary arch being affected 80% of the time. Because of their presence at relatively obscure areas in the oral cavity, most of the malignant melanomas of the oral cavity are diagnosed at a late stage. These lesions are associated with poor prognosis. The dental clinician must therefore carefully examine the head, neck, and oral cavity, and any pigmented lesion that may exhibit growth potential must be biopsied. This article describes a case of malignant melanoma that was present in the oral cavity and briefly reviews the relevant literature that explains the nature of this lesion.


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