Malignant Melanoma                                             Orient Journal of Medicine                      Vol 28 [1-2] Jan-June, 2016
CASE REPORTS

Malignant melanoma in a Nigerian tertiary hospital
Chiemelu D  EMEGOAKOR
Chinedu C OKOLI 
Odili OKOYE

Department of Surgery,
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Teaching Hospital Nnewi
Anambra State, NIGERIA

Author for Correspondence
Chiemelu D EMEGOAKOR
Department of Surgery
Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Teaching Hospital Nnewi Anambra State, NIGERIA

Email: 
drchinemelum@yahoo.com
Phone: +234 803 331 5381

Received:  January 22nd, 2015
Accepted: February 17th, 2016

DISCLOSURES: NONE
ABSTRACT
Background: Malignant melanoma is a neoplasm of melanocytes which usually arises from the skin and other parts of the body where melanocytes exist. The incidence is low in black Africa and occurs mostly in the extremities. Surgery is the main stay of treatment for localised disease.
Methodology: A 5-year retrospective study of patients with histological diagnosis of malignant melanoma at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra  State, Nigeria.
Results: A total of 14 patients with 15 lesions of cutaneous malignant melanoma were managed during the study period. Their age range was 42-85years, and the female:male ratio was 2:1. Plantar melanoma was the most common occurrence, and only 3 patients had previous history of trauma. Surgery was the mainstay of treatment. 
Conclusion:  Malignant melanoma remains a rare condition. Sole of the foot is the most common site.


Keywords:
Dacarbazine, plantar melanoma, wide local excision