Metastatic melanoma presenting as cardiac mass and hemobilia

Guangzhi Qu, Judith S. Kaur, James B. Seward

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We present a rare case of malignant melanoma of unknown primary origin presenting as cardiac and cholecystic masses. In this 72-year-old man, a cardiac lesion caused right ventricular outlet obstruction, and gallbladder lesions led to hemobilia. Right atrial and gallbladder metastases were resected. After 2 years of disease-free survival, the patient had recurrent skin lesions, which were treated with local resection and dacarbazine. The patient has survived for more than 5 years after initial diagnosis, with continued complete clinical remission. This case illustrates the importance of aggressive surgical resection and chemotherapy in the treatment of metastatic malignant melanoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003


  • Cardiac melanoma
  • Dacarbazine
  • Hemobilia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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