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Table 2 Presenting symptoms and initial diagnostic work-up

From: Mucosal melanoma of the head and neck: a population-based study from Slovenia, 1985-2013

Presenting symptoms No. of patients (%)
Epistaxis 20 (33)
Evident mass or swelling 18 (30)
Nasal obstruction 17 (28)
Pain 3 (4.9)
Regional non-nasal bleeding 2 (3.3)
Hearing impairment 2 (3.3)
Headache 1 (1.6)
Dysphagia 1 (1.6)
Signs of metastatic disease 1 (1.6)
No symptoms reported 17 (28)
Duration of symptoms (months)
 Range 0.0–12.0
 Median 2.0
Diagnostic work-up  
 Local tumor extension  
  CT 31 (51)
  Endoscopy 19 (31)
  MRI 5 (8.2)
  Sinus X-ray 5 (8.2)
  Clinical examination only 16 (26)
 Regional node involvement  
  US 31 (51)
  CT 2 (3.3)
  MRI 1 (1.6)
  Clinical examination only 29 (48)
 Distant metastatic spread  
  Chest X-ray 45 (74)
  Abdominal US 31 (51)
  Bone scan 4 (6.6)
  Thoracic CT 3 (4.9)
  PET-CT 3 (4.9)
  Head CT 1 (1.6)
  Clinical examination only 12 (20)
  1. CT Computer tomography, MRI Magnetic resonance imaging, US Ultrasonography, PET Positron emission tomography