Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis is sometimes misdiagnosed as Malignant Melanoma

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Malignant Melanoma, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis.

Langerhans cell histiocytosis is a rare condition where the body makes too many immature Langerhans cells. These cells are called histiocytes and when built up can form tumours, and damage tissue, bone and organs. Most commonly occurs in skin and bones of children. Symptoms include a painful lump in the bone that does not go away, a broken bone for no obvious reason, and loose teeth or swollen gums. It can be commonly misdiagnosed as malignant melanoma.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Skin rash, swollen lymph nodes on neck, problems in the liver, bulging eyes, eye problems, cough and trouble breathing, weight loss, not gaining weight or growing normally, not wanting to eat, needing to urinate more often than normal, being very thirsty, fatigue, fever, weakness, lingering pain or swelling or in a bone, easily broken bone, loose teeth or swollen gums, ear infections

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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