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Primary oral melanoma is a rare neoplasm of melanocytic origin, accounting for 0.5% of all oral malignancies. The "chameleonic" presentation of a mainly asymptomatic condition, rarity of this lesion, poor prognosis and the necessity of a highly specialized treatment are factors that should be seriously considered. Here is a case of primary oral malignant melanoma in a 57 years old male and its diagnosis by scrape cytology followed by its confirmation on histopathology and immunohistochemistry.doi:10.17659/01.2013.0064 fatcat:mxrxrmjq4rftfcikhplrzie5x4