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Desmoplastic melanoma


Desmoplastic melanoma (also known as a "Neurotropic melanoma,"[1] or "Spindled melanoma"[1]) is a rare cutaneous condition characterized by a deeply infiltrating type of melanoma[2]:696 with an abundance of fibrous matrix.[3] It usually occurs in the head and neck region of older people with sun-damaged skin.[3] Diagnosis can be difficult as it has a similar appearance to sclerosing melanocytic nevi as well as some nonmelanocytic skin lesions such as scars, fibromas, or cysts.[3]

Desmoplastic melanomas tend to recur locally, with distant metastasis being less common.[3]

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