Loco-Regional Control With Complete Resection and Tongue Reconstruction on the Malignant Melanoma in the Tongue

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Primary malignant melanoma in the tongue is very uncommon disease that is considered low in comparison to cutaneous melanoma. In this report, the authors described a case of the hemitongue reconstruction with fasciocutaneous free flap on the patient who suffered from the malignant melanoma primarily originating from the base of the tongue that was treated with surgery and radiotherapy but developed a lung metastasis. A 76-year-old man was referred to the otorhinolaryngology clinic after complaining of a painful mass present for 3 months on the right side of the tongue. A punch biopsy was revealed atypical cells with pigmentation that is consistent with malignant melanoma. After wide excision and bilateral neck dissection performed, hemipartial tongue reconstruction was done using a radial forearm free flap. The patient had an uneventful recovery and received a course of radiotherapy along with follow-up examinations for 3 years. The authors report this rare patient for providing the other surgeons with the useful information regarding the management of the malignant melanoma on the tongue with free flap reconstruction which turned out to be successful in loco-regional control.

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