Melanoma is the malignant tumor deriving from melanocytes through malignant transformation. Melanocytes originate at the neuro-ectodermal crest (the tissue matrix for the brain and medullary spine). These cells migrate during the early fetal period into the skin and settle within the epidermis, becoming part of the skin structure. Melanocytes differ from the other skin cells however; they have a neuro-ectodermal origin, the potential of migrating, and the functional capacity of nerve cell units.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Plastic surgical nursing : official journal of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nurses|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing