Intravascular metastatic melanoma: A difficult diagnosis

Samer Ghattas*, Julie Howle, Wei Wang, Richard Kefford, Simon Gruenewald

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Melanoma is a common cancer with the potential for widespread metastasis; however intravascular metastasis is extremely rare. We report an unusual case of a patient with metastatic melanoma in whom 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (FDG PET-CT) demonstrated an intravascular melanoma metastasis in the superior vena cava (SVC), successfully treated with external beam radiotherapy. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case where FDG PET-CT was used to make this diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Journal of Dermatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

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