Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma With Rhabdoid Morphology and Smooth Muscle Differentiation: A Challenging Histopathologic Diagnosis

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Abstract

Divergent differentiation or metaplastic change is a rare feature exhibited occasionally in malignant melanoma (MM), which is characterized by the development of morphologically, immunochemically, and/or ultrastructurally nonmelanocytic cells within the tumor. Smooth muscle differentiation in MM is an exceedingly rare phenomenon reported only in a few cases in the literature. We report the case of a 69-year-old woman who presented with a pure dermal amelanotic MM with smooth muscle cell differentiation and an area of rhabdoid morphology, which made the accurate histopathologic diagnostic of MM challenging.

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