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Giant Primary Melanoma With No Apparent Metastases: A Report of 2 Cases ONLINE FIRST

Tracie Ann Chong, BA1; Lauren Strazzula, BA2; Mai P. Hoang, MD2,3; Ryan Arakaki, BS3; Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH3
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1School of Medicine, University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu
2Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
3Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
JAMA Dermatol. Published online January 29, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6892
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Large primary cutaneous melanomas convey an ominous risk of metastases. The finding of large-scale melanomas without regional or distant metastases suggests a less aggressive biology for this type of tumor.

Article InformationCorresponding Author: Daniela Kroshinsky, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, 50 Staniford St, Ste 200, Boston, MA 02114 (dkroshinsky@partners.org).

Published Online: January 29, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.6892.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.

Additional Contributions: We are indebted to Greg Sakamoto, MD, for his help with the diagnosis and management of these interesting cases.

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Primary Giant Melanoma Lesion

An 8 × 7-cm erythematous eroded mass was noted on the back of patient 2.

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