External ear tumors - malignant
Melanoma of outer ear / external auditory canal

Topic Completed: 1 October 2013

Revised: 27 February 2019

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PubMed Search: Melanoma external auditory canal

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Melanoma of outer ear / external auditory canal. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/earmelanoma.html. Accessed December 10th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Either external ear (1% of US melanoma cases) or external auditory canal (rare)
External ear
External auditory canal
Differential diagnosis
  • Malignant blue nevus: dermal melanocytic proliferation thought due to arrested migration of immature dermal melanocytes during embryogenesis; derived from benign cellular blue nevus; no atypia
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