J Rhinol.  2013 May;20(1):50-53.

Malignant Melanoma of the Sphenoid Sinus

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Kyung Hee University, School of Medicine, Korea. minslee@khnmc.or.kr

Abstract

Sinonasal malignant melanoma comprises 0.5% ~ 1.5% of all malignant melanomas. Malignant melanoma in the nasal cavity is relatively more predominant than in the paranasal sinus. The maxillary sinus is the most common sinus cavity affected by malignant melanoma, and the sphenoid sinus is a very rare site regardless of a primary or secondary origin. We encountered a patient with frequent epistaxis who was found to have malignant melanoma at the nasal septum and sphenoid sinus. She was treated successfully with endoscopic sinus surgery, and we report this case, along with the associated literature.

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Melanoma; Nasal Cavity; Sphenoid Sinus
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