Iritis in patients with cutaneous melanoma and vitiligo.

Daniel Albert // Publications // Nov 01 1978

PubMed ID: 718499

Author(s): Albert DM, Sober AJ, Fitzpatrick TB. Iritis in patients with cutaneous melanoma and vitiligo. Arch Ophthalmol. 1978 Nov;96(11):2081-4. PMID 718499

Journal: Archives Of Ophthalmology (Chicago, Ill. : 1960), Volume 96, Issue 11, Nov 1978

Two patients with cutaneous malignant melanoma, vitiligo, and uveitis are described. The occurrence of vitiligo following cutaneous melanoma is not uncommon and has been interpreted to result from cellular and humoral factors directed against melanoma cells that also destroy normal cutaneous melanocytes. The present cases raise the possibility that melanocytes in the eye as well as the skin may be affected.