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Oral malignant melanoma of alveolar ridge
  1. Madhusudan Astekar1,
  2. Rajkumar R Choubey1,
  3. Bhari Sharanesha Manjunatha2 and
  4. Santosh Gupta3
  1. 1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
  2. 2 Department of Oral Biology, Basic Dental Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, Taif, Saudi Arabia
  3. 3 Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Jaipur Dental College, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Bhari Sharanesha Manjunatha, drmanju26{at}


Malignancy of melanocytes, a pigment-producing cell, is referred as malignant melanoma (MM) which occur basically on skin and oral mucous membrane, but as well found in ears, eyes, gastrointestinal tract and genital mucosa. Oral melanomas has propensity to metastasise and invade more voluntarily than other malignant counterparts. Here we present a case of 52-year-old male patient with a chief symptom of blackening of gums in the upper front tooth region. In dental history, the patient revealed history of faulty artificial prosthesis fixed in the same region since 6 months. On the basis of a through clinical assessment, a provisional opinion of oral malignant melanoma, was prepared. On histopathological and immunohistochemical analysis with S-100 and homatropine methylbromide 45 the diagnosis of MM was confirmed.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • health informatics
  • medical education
  • medical management
  • mouth

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  • Contributors MA, RRC: concepts and design. RRC: intellectual content. MA, SG, BSM: literature search. RRC, SG, MA: data acquisition and analysis. MA, RRC: manuscript preparation. SG, BSM: manuscript editing and review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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