Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Table of Contents - Year : 2017 | Month : September | Volume : 11 | Issue : 9 | Page : ED12 - ED13

Anorectal Melanoma: An Unusual Cause of Rectal Bleeding ED12-ED13

Uma Kumar, Udita Singhal

Correspondence
Dr. Uma Kumar,
Specialist Pathology, Department of Pathology, ESI Hospital, Sector 15, Rohini, Delhi-110089, India.
E-mail: dr.uma.path@gmail.com

Anorectum is a rare site for primary melanoma. It is an aggressive cancer with poor prognosis. The diagnosis is often delayed due to non-specific signs and symptoms. Clinically, it is often misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids. The cytological diagnosis can be challenging especially when melanin pigment is sparse or absent. Herein, we present a rare case of anorectal melanoma which was initially misdiagnosed as hemorrhoids. A final correct diagnosis was made on cytology when later on the patient developed inguinal metastasis.