Anal and peri-anal melanoma

Matthew G. Mutch, Patricia L. Roberts

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Primary anorectal malignant melanoma is a rare entity comprising approximately 1% of all malignant tumors in the region. It is the third most common site of primary melanoma after the skin and retina. For every one case of anal melanoma, there are 8 squamous cell carcinomas of the perianal skin and anal canal and 250 adenocarcinomas of the rectum. The prognosis for anorectal melanoma is dismal with few 5-year survivors. The poor prognosis is due to the advanced stage of the disease at the time of diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2002


  • Abdominoperineal resection
  • Anal canal
  • Anal tumors
  • Anorectal
  • Local excision
  • Melanoma


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