Amelanotic metastatic melanoma in a patient with oculocutaneous albinism

Hironobu Ihn, Koichiro Nakamura, Masanori Abe, Masutaka Furue, Kazuhiko Takehara, Hidemi Nakagawa, Yasumasa Ishibashi

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Melanomas are rare in patients who have albinism, compared with the frequent occurrence of squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. This report describes amelanotic metastatic melanoma in a 58-year-old Japanese man who had tyrosinase-positive oculocutaneous albinism. A prolonged bleeding time, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, and Gilbert syndrome were also present. Superficial spreading melanoma with evidence of spontaneous regression on his right forearm was suspected as a possible primary site. Twenty-two cases of melanomas in persons who have albinism have been reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-900
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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