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Urine Melanin

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Screening for the presence of melanin in the urine is used in the diagnosis of melanoma.

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Melanin is a dark pigment that gives color to the skin, eyes and hair and is produced by a particular type of cell called a melanocyte. Melanin levels are drastically increased in people with melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanin appears in the urine after being first converted into melanogenic, compounds that are abundantly produced in melanoma patients.

The clinical indications for urine melanin testing are:

  • After a skin biopsy (nevus) biopsy showing potential cancer
  • New skin on skin formation or deteriorated/altered appearance of existing skin
  • Unexplained skin pigmentation

People with darker skin have melanocytes that produce melanin in significantly higher amounts than those with lighter skin.


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Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. Correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".

Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.

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