Ugeskr Læger 2012;174(50):3177-3178
Summary Fatal outcome of belated diagnosis of an acral lentiginous melanoma Ugeskr Læger 2012;174(50):3177-3178 Acral lentiginous melanomas (ALM) are often diagnosed at advanced stages, which is associated with a very poor prognosis. ALM can be mistaken for a subungual haematoma when located on the nail unit or e.g. as a foot ulcer, or for a bacterial/fungal infection, verruca, eczema when located on the skin. In this case report, we present a case of ALM in which belated diagnosis led to a fatal outcome. This case illustrates that non-healing wounds may represent malignant tumours, even in younger patients. Early biopsy and correct diagnosis is paramount for optimal treatment and prognosis.