Desmoplastic malignant melanoma of the palatal alveolar mucosa: Sustained disease-free survival after surgery and postoperative radiotherapy

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Aggressive surgical and radiotherapeutic management of a patient with desmoplastic malignant melanoma arising from the mucosa of the oral cavity has resulted in disease-free survival of more than 2½ years after diagnosis. This case represents only the tenth reported instance of desmoplastic malignant melanoma arising from the oral cavity and only the third for which survival has exceeded 2 years. Details of the clinical, histopathologic, and therapeutic features of the case are provided to augment the paucity of literature available to clinicians managing this rare disease. (Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 2000;89465-70)

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