Melanoma arising in a spinal nerve root. Case report

S. J. Schneider, Jerry Bob Blacklock, J. M. Bruner

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Melanotic neoplasms of the spinal nerve root are rare but well-documented occurrences. The authors report the case of a 68-year-old woman with a malignant melanotic neoplasm containing premelanosomes and melanosomes and lacking a basal lamina. This tumor was found in a lumbar nerve root and is believed to represent an instance of a primary melanoma arising in a spinal nerve root. The differential diagnosis of pigmented lesions of spinal nerve root includes melanoma, pigmented nerve sheath tumor, blue nevus, melanotic clear-cell sarcoma, and meningeal melanocytoma. Surgeons should be aware of the potential for encountering unexpected malignant lesions involving spinal nerve roots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-927
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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