Uveal prolapse following cataract extraction simulating melanoma.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Prolapsed uveal tissue through a cataract incision can simulate any pigmented epibulbar mass, including conjunctival melanoma, extraocular extension ofa ciliary body or choroidal melanoma, and pigmented squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva. The authors describe an 88-year-old woman who presented with an enlarging pigmented epibulbar mass on the left eye. Although the lesion closely simulated a conjunctival melanoma or extraocular extension of a uveal melanoma, closer evaluation revealed thin uveal tissue extending through partial wound dehiscence from cataract surgery that was performed 3 years earlier. The lesion was consistent with prolapsed uveal tissue through a cataract wound masquerading as a melanoma. Therefore, uveal prolapse should be considered in the differential diagnosis of conjunctival melanoma or extraocular extension of uveal melanoma.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Marr, BP; Shields, JA; Shields, CL; Materin, MA; Tuncer, S

Published Date

  • May 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 250 - 251

PubMed ID

  • 18556954

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1542-8877

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3928/15428877-20080501-10


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States