What is the prognosis of head and neck mucosal melanomas in children?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: Neeraj N Mathur, MBBS, MS, DNB(ENT), MNAMS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Mucosal melanomas in children display much less aggressive character than do similar lesions in adult patients. However, the cutaneous melanoma behaves very similarly in pediatric and adult population. The indolent behavior of mucosal melanomas in pediatric patients suggests that these lesions represent different a phenotype than that encountered in adult patients.


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