Melanoma in a cohort of organ transplant recipients: Experience from a dedicated transplant dermatology clinic in Victoria, Australia.
Danit Maor, Claire M Vajdic, Simon Cumming, Vanessa Fahey, Harini R Bala, Victoria Snaidr, Sarah Brennand, Michelle SY Goh, Alvin H Chong
J Am Acad Dermatol | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: There is limited information on the profile of melanomas diagnosed in a specialist transplant dermatology clinic. OBJECTIVE: To describe the incidence and characteristics of incident primary melanomas in a cohort of organ transplant recipients (OTRs) attending a specialized transplant dermatology clinic and determine the number of pigmented lesions needed to excise for every melanoma diagnosed. METHODS: A retrospective study of 327 OTRs monitored by an Australian clinic during a 10-year period. RESULTS: There were 11 incident melanomas diagnosed during a total follow-up of 1280 patient-years. The mean interval between the first transplant and diagnosis was 5.5 years. Only 2 melan..View full abstract