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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 468--470

Intramedullary spinal cord metastases of malignant melanoma: A rare case report on paraplegia in palliative care


Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Arunangshu Ghoshal
Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_163_18

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Rates of malignant melanoma have been increasing in frequency. Studies have shown that up to 46% of patients with melanoma will experience metastases to the central nervous system. Intramedullary spinal cord metastasis of malignant melanoma is rare. In advanced cancers, surgery might not be possible, and radiotherapy with corticotherapy is a viable option. In the following case, a 54-year-old male presented to the clinic with an intramedullary tumor in the D1 region. He was successfully managed with an integrated palliative care approach with concomitant cancer-directed therapy.






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