Recurrent and Persistent Melanoma

  • Guido Massi
  • Philip E. Leboit


The term recurrent melanoma has been much abused, used in some studies for melanomas that returned after their visible portion had been excised, but with positive margins (regrowth of a primary lesion), and for both local and distant metastasis (Ackerman). We will use the term persistent melanoma interchangeable with recurrence at a scar, due to incomplete removal. Another scenario is local metastasis, appearing in and around the scar from a complete excision, an event with a less favorable prognosis. These forms of melanoma must be distinguished from recurrent (persistent) nevus, which on occasion is histologically very similar.


Complete Excision Surgical Proce Incomplete Excision Previous Biopsy Melanocytic Neoplasm 
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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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