Author Credentials

Micah S Ray MS, Danielle Harris MD, Andrew J Weaver MD, Stephen Wilson MD (Marshall University SOM, West Virginia)


Metastatic Melanoma, Malignant bowel obstruction


Medicine and Health Sciences


Small bowel obstructions are most commonly caused by adhesion. Less common causes arise from malignant pathology. Here we present a relatively rare case of a small bowel obstruction due to malignant melanoma. Melanoma involving the gastrointestinal tract is relatively rare with most cases occurring as metastatic spread from a cutaneous primary. The treatment typically requires a surgical resection or palliative bypass. When a patient presents with a small bowel obstruction but without prior abdominal surgeries or hernias a malignant obstruction must be on the differential.