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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 54, n° 6
pages 1096-1098 (juin 2006)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2006.02.064

Unsuitability of organ donation from a patient with a history of melanoma?

Murray A. Cotter, MD, PhD , Payam Tristani-Firouzi, MD
From the Department of Dermatology, University of Utah 

Reprint requests: Murray A. Cotter, MD, PhD, Department of Dermatology, University of Utah, 30 N 1900 East, 4B454 School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT 84132-2409.

Salt Lake City, Utah


A 52-year-old man with a history of melanoma presented to the emergency department with a massive intracranial hemorrhage. The patient deteriorated rapidly and was being considered as a potential organ donor. Three years before presentation, the patient had undergone wide excision of a 3.75-mm melanoma from his back with sentinel lymph node biopsy, which yielded negative findings. He had been well until the day of presentation. Although there are no specific guidelines for candidacy of organ donation from patients with a history of melanoma, there are several reports of donor-derived melanoma in organ transplant recipients, most with grave consequences. The literature relevant to this case is reviewed and discussed.

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