Cutaneous melanoma arising from a cesarean delivery skin scar Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Cesarean Section
  • Cicatrix
  • Melanoma
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic
  • Skin Neoplasms

abstract

  • A 41-year-old pregnant African-American woman noticed rapid growth of her cesarean delivery skin scar beginning at 14-week gestation. Skin biopsy, which was performed at 31 weeks, revealed poorly differentiated cutaneous melanoma. At 34 weeks, she underwent repeat cesarean delivery with tumor excision, pelvic lymphadenectomy and abdominal wall reconstruction. Locally advanced disease and anatomical limitations prevented attainment of negative surgical margins. Despite adjuvant chemotherapy and radiation, she died 1 year after diagnosis. Deferring biopsy of a suspicious skin lesion during pregnancy may have delayed the diagnosis of melanoma in this case and possibly affected the long-term outcome.

publication date

  • October 2012

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/jp.2011.172

PubMed ID

  • 23014385

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 807

end page

  • 9

volume

  • 32

number

  • 10