Spindle anorectal melanotic melanoma in a 70 year old woman


  • Nabila Afsar Department of Pathology, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telengana
  • Zakia Abid Department of Pathology, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telengana
  • M. Mustafa Khan
  • Abdul Wase
  • M. Swathi




Anorectal, Melanotic melanoma, Histopathology


A 70 year old lady presented with symptoms of changed bowel movements and rectal bleeding. She was operated and the resected specimen of intestine was brought to Department of pathology for histopathological examination. The specimen was fixed in 10% formal saline. Tissue bits were taken from the representative areas in the mass for further fixation and processing. Sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin and thoroughly examined under microscope for establishing the diagnosis of Spindle variant of melanotic melanoma. Anorectal melanomas are rare malignancies and an infrequent occurrence in the seventh decade of life. The aim was to evaluate a pigmented anorectal mass and establish its diagnosis in a 70 year old woman by thorough histopathological examination.


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Author Biographies

Nabila Afsar, Department of Pathology, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telengana

Assitant Professor

Department of Pathology


Zakia Abid, Department of Pathology, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telengana

Assistant professor
Department of Pathology


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