Surgery Today

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 135-137

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Metastatic Melanoma in the Gallbladder: Report of a Case

  • John GogasAffiliated withSecond Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, Greece
  • , Dimitrios MantasAffiliated withSecond Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, Greece
  • , Helen GogasAffiliated withSecond Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, Greece
  • , Efstratios KouskosAffiliated withSecond Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, Greece
  • , Christos MarkopoulosAffiliated withSecond Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, Greece
  • , Stephania VgenopoulouAffiliated withSecond Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, Greece

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Abstract.

Both primary and secondary gallbladder melanomas are rare and, when a solitary melanoma is found in the gallbladder, it is difficult to determine if it is primary or metastatic disease. We report the case of a young woman found to have a single metastatic gallbladder melanoma. Surgical removal of a solitary metastatic focus remains the treatment of choice for isolated metastasis of a malignant melanoma; however, the effectiveness of complementary chemotherapy and immunotherapy is still being examined.

Key words Melanoma Gallbladder Metastatic melanoma Cholecystectomy Chemotherapy Immunotherapy