Malignant transformation of an iris melanocytoma. A case report.

Daniel Albert // Publications // Jan 01 1989

PubMed ID: 2777104

Author(s): Cialdini AP, Sahel JA, Jalkh AE, Weiter JJ, Zakka K, Albert DM. Malignant transformation of an iris melanocytoma. A case report. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1989;227(4):348-54. PMID 2777104

Journal: Graefe’s Archive For Clinical And Experimental Ophthalmology = Albrecht Von Graefes Archiv Fur Klinische Und Experimentelle Ophthalmologie, Volume 227, Issue 4, 1989

A 34-year-old Caucasian woman was diagnosed as having a pigmented iris tumor showing recent growth and satellite lesions. The tumor was associated with pigmentation of the anterior chamber angle and secondary unilateral glaucoma. After local excision, histopathologic studies revealed the plump polyhedral cells typical of melanocytoma. However, the examination of additional sections showed evidence of malignancy. The diagnosis of a melanocytoma that transformed into malignant melanoma was made and later confirmed by electron microscopic studies. Following surgical excision of the tumor, the eye maintained normal intraocular pressure. There was no evidence of recurrence 4 years after surgery.