Malignant Melanoma Metastatic to a Basal Cell Carcinoma Simulating the Pattern of a Basomelanocytic Tumor

Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA.
American Journal of Surgical Pathology (Impact Factor: 5.15). 02/2006; 30(1):133-6. DOI: 10.1097/01.pas.0000179118.76904.02
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We report a case of metastatic melanoma colliding with and colonizing a basal cell carcinoma (BCC) on the head of a 69-year-old man. The man had a prior history of multiple primary BCCs and melanomas. One of his primary melanomas, on the left scalp, recurred locally and resulted in the development of numerous in-transit metastases. A bluish nodule was noted on the postauricular area with clinical features consistent with a pigmented BCC. Dermoscopy showed some large gray-blue ovoid structures and blood vessels, features also consistent with BCC. However, the histologic features revealed that the nodule consisted of both metastatic melanoma as well as BCC. Melanoma was present adjacent to as well as within the epithelium of the BCC. The intimate association of melanoma cells within the nodules of BCC simulated the pattern of so-called "malignant basomelanocytic tumor," a recently proposed novel entity. To our knowledge, this is the first description of metastatic melanoma colonizing a BCC.

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    • "Another explanation is the biclonal occurrence of 2 separate but adjacent neoplasms as a result of exposure to certain carcinogenic stimuli, or as a result of paracrine factors released by one neoplasm affecting vulnerable cells in the adjacent environment.13 One further possibility was given by Busam et al. who described a patient with recurrent melanoma of the scalp who developed multiple satellite nodules and a BCC colonised by atypical melanocytes in close proximity to the primary lesion, and regarded the collision lesion as MM that had metastasised to the BCC.14 "
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