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Neurotropic Melanoma

  • Guido Massi
  • Philip E. Leboit

Abstract

Neurotropic melanoma is a form of spindle cell melanoma which exhibits perineural and endoneural spread (neurotropism) and a fascicular nerve-like growth pattern (neural differentiation). Desmoplasia can be a feature and indeed neurotropic melanoma is related to desmoplastic melanoma, as outlined in the last chapter. This peculiar form of neoplasm was first described in detail by Dr. Richard Reed.

Keywords

Neural Differentiation Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor Pigment Lesion Dysplastic Nevus Blue Nevus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Massi
    • 1
  • Philip E. Leboit
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyCatholic University Medical SchoolRomeItaly
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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