Imaging findings of primary malignant melanoma of the esophagus: A case report

Ying Chun Chiu, Chang Hsien Liou, Chih Yung Yu, Cheng Yu Chen

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Abstract

Primary melanoma of the esophagus is not frequently encountered clinically but rather high degree malignant that have a poor prognosis. Here we report an uncommon case of primary melanoma of the esophagus with nodal metastasis over the right neck and discuss its radiographic findings, including esophagogram, contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT), sonography of neck and positron emission tomography (PET). When characteristic findings as polypoid, intraluminal, and nonobstructive masses are present on image studies, some diagnosis such as spindle cell carcinoma, leiomyosarcoma and lymphoma should be considered first. However, the diagnosis of primary esophageal melanoma always should be kept in mind despite of its rarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-118
Number of pages4
JournalChinese Journal of Radiology
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Esophagus, CT
  • Esophagus, neoplasm
  • Esophagus, PET
  • Melanoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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