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Vol. 74, No. 4
ISSN: 1488-2159
May 2008


Primary Malignant Melanoma of Maxillary Gingiva — A Case Report and Review of the Literature


• Ajit Auluck, BDS, MDS •
• Lewei Zhang, BDS, Dip Oral Path, PhD, FRCD(C) •
• Rajeev Desai, MDS •
• Miriam P. Rosin, PhD •

A b s t r a c t

Dentists may encounter pigmented lesions in routine clinical practice. In most cases, the lesions are asymptomatic and benign in nature; however, rarely, a pigmented lesion can be a sign of malignancy. We report a case of malignant melanoma of the maxillary gingiva to highlight the importance of biopsy and periodic follow-up of patients with unusual focal pigmented lesions in the oral cavity.


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