Surgery Today

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 135–137

Metastatic Melanoma in the Gallbladder: Report of a Case

  • John Gogas
  • Dimitrios Mantas
  • Helen Gogas
  • Efstratios Kouskos
  • Christos Markopoulos
  • Stephania Vgenopoulou

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 

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© Springer-Verlag 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Gogas
    • 1
  • Dimitrios Mantas
    • 1
  • Helen Gogas
    • 1
  • Efstratios Kouskos
    • 1
  • Christos Markopoulos
    • 1
  • Stephania Vgenopoulou
    • 1
  1. 1.Second Department of Propedeutic Surgery, Athens University School of Medicine, “Laiko” General Hospital, Ag. Thomas Str. 17, 115-27 Goudi, Athens, GreeceGR

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