Primary malignant melanoma of the biliary tract

W. Kenneth Washburn, Seichi Noda, W. David Lewis, Roger L. Jenkins

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Primary malignant melanoma of the biliary tract is an obscure entity, with only four previously reported cases. We report two cases involving the common bile duct. A 43‐year‐old male who underwent a right hepatectomy and excision of the extrahepatic biliary tree for a lesion at the bifurcation of the common bile duct. He remains alive and well 11 months after resection. The second patient is a 45 year old male with obstructive jaundice due to an ampullary lesion. Pancreatico‐duodenectomy was performed with no signs of metastatic disease. He is 6 years following resection without evidence of disease. This is an unusual cause of obstructive jaundice and a definitive search for a possible extra‐biliary primary should be pursued. In appropriately selected patients without evidence of metastatic disease, resection can potentially afford long‐term survival if these lesions are true primary lesions and not metastatic from an undefined primary. However, given the high metastatic potential of melanoma it is unclear whether resection of these lesions results in cure or just effective long‐term palliation

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-106
Number of pages4
JournalLiver Transplantation and Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology


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