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Malignant melanoma with metastasis into the capitate.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16125354     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Metastases to the hand and wrist are rare, with fewer than 200 cases reported in the literature. Phalanges are more commonly involved than metacarpal and wrist. The lung, breast and kidneys are the more common sites of primary lesions than metastasize in the hand. We present an exceptional case of melanoma that metastasized to the capitate. Melanoma can give bone metastases, but we are not aware of reports of this tumour metastatising to the carpal bones. In our knowledge, we have only found a report of metastases in the capitate, a clear-cell sarcoma of the right foot, a tumour close to melanoma with some cytogenetic differences. Hand metastases in a patient who is suffered melanoma should be ruled out if a lytic aggressive lesion appears on x-ray film or positive technetium bone scan is demonstrated.
Xavier Tomas; Carles Conill; Andreu Combalia; Jaume Pomes; Teresa Castel; Carlos Nicolau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2005-08-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of radiology     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0720-048X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Radiol     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-21     Completed Date:  2006-02-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8106411     Medline TA:  Eur J Radiol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  362-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Radiology Department (CDIC), Hospital Clínic, Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Facultat de Medicina, Universitat de Barcelona, Villarroel 170, Barcelona 08036, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Bone Neoplasms / radiography*,  secondary*
Capitate Bone / radiography*
Lymphatic Metastasis
Melanoma / radiography*,  secondary*
Shoulder Joint / pathology*

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