Advances in the management of conjunctival melanoma.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Malignant melanoma of the conjunctiva is a rare but serious condition. Over the last several years, there have been important advances in the classification, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition. Recent cytogenetic and immunohistochemical studies are increasing understanding of its tumorigenesis. Diagnosis, although still made via histopathology, has been aided with imaging techniques such as ultrasound biomicroscopy and anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Primary treatment consists of surgical excision. But adjuvant treatments with cryotherapy, topical chemotherapy, and radiation therapy have shown increased success. Sentinel lymph node biopsy has shown early promise of detecting micro-metastasis. Long term follow-up of patients with conjunctival melanoma with systemic surveillance is necessary to detect recurrences and metastases.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vora, GK; Demirci, H; Marr, B; Mruthyunjaya, P

Published Date

  • January 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 62 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 26 - 42

PubMed ID

  • 27321895

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5353981

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-3304

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.survophthal.2016.06.001


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States