The rare occurrence of three subungual melanomas in one patient
Article first published online: 3 NOV 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S
Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 286–288, February 2012
How to Cite
Liu, Y. and Wang, L. (2012), The rare occurrence of three subungual melanomas in one patient. Journal of Cutaneous Pathology, 39: 286–288. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0560.2011.01799.x
- Issue published online: 20 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 3 NOV 2011
- Accepted for publication August 13, 2011
- nail unit
Subungual melanoma commonly presents with solitary longitudinal melanonychia. Herein, we report the case of a patient with subungual melanoma who developed involvement of three digits by three independent primary melanomas. A 98-year-old male patient presented with a two-year history of longitudinal melanonychia on three different fingernails. Histopathologically, all three lesions were proved to be melanoma. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in which three subungual melanomas developed in one patient. Our case indicates that that not all examples of multiple longitudinal melanonychia represent benign lesions.
Liu Y, Wang L. The rare occurrence of three subungual melanomas in one patient.