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2012, Volume 28, Number 1, Page(s) 087-089     
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DOI: 10.5146/tjpath.2012.01105
Melanocytosis of the Oesophagus: Case Report
Hatice ÜNVERDİ1, Berna SAVAŞ2, Arzu ENSARİ2, Ali ÖZDEN3
1Etlik İhtisas Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Patoloji Bölümü, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
2Ankara Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Patoloji Anabilim Dalı, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE
3Ankara Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi, Gastroenteroloji Anabilim Dalları, ANKARA, TÜRKİYE

1Department of Pathology, Etlik İhtisas Education and Research Hospital, ANKARA, TURKEY
2Department of Pathology, Ankara University, Faculty of Medicine, ANKARA, TURKEY
3Department of Gastroenterology, Ankara University, Faculty of Medicine, ANKARA, TURKEY

Keywords: Esophagus, Melanosis, Melanoma

Esophageal melanocytosis is a benign clinicopathologic entity characterized by melanocytic proliferation in esophageal squamous epithelium and melanin deposition in the mucosa. Little is known about the etiology and natural course of this condition, although it has been suggested to be a precursor of primary esophageal melanoma by some authors. Following a search of the databases regarding esophageal melanocytosis and melanosis, thirty-four cases of isolated esophageal melanocytosis were found. The histopathologic features of esophageal melanocytosis are reviewed and its differential diagnosis with other pigmented esophageal lesions is discussed.

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