Desmoplastic neurotropic melanoma (DNM) is a rare melanoma subtype that shows tropism for the nerves, perineural invasion correlates to higher rate of local recurrence, poorer prognosis and worse morbidity. Given the paucity of typical melanoma features, both clinical and pathological, this confusing skin cancer may act as a pretender, thus leading clinician to mis-diagnosis and subsequent inappropriate conservative treatment. Sarcoma-toid-like cells rearrangement and absence of pigmentation can lead towards sarcoma diagnosis, so specific skills are required to pathologist to properly rec-ognize this melanoma subtype. In this case report, we present an example of how challenging can be the diagnosis, and how it can affect clinical outcome.

A Misdiagnosed Desmoplastic Neurotropic Melanoma of the Scalp: A Challenging Case for the Pathologist and Surgeon

Toninello P.;Sonda R.;Sacchi D.;Piaserico S.;Bassetto F.
2021

Abstract

Desmoplastic neurotropic melanoma (DNM) is a rare melanoma subtype that shows tropism for the nerves, perineural invasion correlates to higher rate of local recurrence, poorer prognosis and worse morbidity. Given the paucity of typical melanoma features, both clinical and pathological, this confusing skin cancer may act as a pretender, thus leading clinician to mis-diagnosis and subsequent inappropriate conservative treatment. Sarcoma-toid-like cells rearrangement and absence of pigmentation can lead towards sarcoma diagnosis, so specific skills are required to pathologist to properly rec-ognize this melanoma subtype. In this case report, we present an example of how challenging can be the diagnosis, and how it can affect clinical outcome.
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