Amelanotic Malignant Melanoma of the Uterine Cervix Diagnosed by Cervical Smear

Arık D., Öge T., Kabukcuoglu S., Yalçın Ö. T., Ozalp S.

DIAGNOSTIC CYTOPATHOLOGY, vol.44, pp.535-537, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/dc.23471
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.535-537
  • Keywords: uterine cervix, malignant melanoma, cervical smear, CANCER
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


The melanocytic cells of the cervical epithelium are capable of forming the complete spectrum of melanocytic lesions, from benign lentigines to melanoma. Primary malignant melanoma of the uterine cervix is a rare neoplasm with aggressive behavior. The absence of melanin pigment can lead to misdiagnosis as carcinomas, sarcomas, or lymphoma. Immunohistochemical studies should be used for confirmation. In order to consent the cervix as a primary site, exclusion of any other probable primary sites of melanoma is needed. Here, we present a 61-yearold female patient with postmenopausal vaginal bleeding. After cervical smear, diagnosis was confirmed by cervical punch biopsy. (C) 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.