When melanoma spreads (metastasizes), it usually spreads first into
lymph nodes. It can also spread through the
bloodstream. Distant metastases of melanoma typically are found in the skin,
liver, lungs, bone, and brain.
If the melanoma is on a leg or arm,
metastases usually are first found higher up on that leg or arm. Unusual sites
for metastases include the eye.
But symptoms of metastatic melanoma may be vague and include:
lymph nodes, especially in the armpit or
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology