Palatal Melanoma: ʺThe Silent Killerʺ


  • Georgi Tchernev Medical Institute of Ministry of Interior (MVR), Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatologic Surgery, Sofia; Onkoderma - Policlinic for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Sofia
  • Torello Lotti Department of Dermatology, University of Rome “G. Marconi” Rome, Italy; 4Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BC, Delft
  • Uwe Wollina Städtisches Klinikum Dresden, Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Dresden, Sachsen



Palatal, Melanoma, Killer, Surgery, Progression


Primary melanoma of the oral cavity is extremely uncommon tumour consisting approximately 0.2 - 8.0% of all melanoma cases and 0.5% of all oral malignancies. It has an aggressive behaviour and poor prognosis, with 5 – year - survival rate between 5 - 20%. The initial symptoms are often unnoticed, which lead to late diagnosis and worsening of the prognosis. Because of its infrequent occurrence, there is no well - defined classification and therapeutic protocol, in contrast to melanomas of another side. Early diagnosis and treatment are essentially linked to survival rate. We present a case of palatal melanoma in a 76 – year - old female patient, as we want to emphasise the importance of the early detection and accurate diagnosis of melanoma of oral cavity, to its influence of the therapeutic outcome.


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Tchernev G, Lotti T, Wollina U. Palatal Melanoma: ʺThe Silent Killerʺ. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2018 Jan. 28 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];6(2):364-6. Available from:



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