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October 1, 2005

Growing Melanocytic Tumor Is Not Always Cancer

Arch Ophthalmol. 2005;123(10):1457-1458. doi:10.1001/archopht.123.10.1457-b

I want to compliment Drs Elner, Flint, and Vine on their lucid article “Histopathology of Documented Growth in Small Melanocytic Choroidal Tumors.”1 I could not agree with them more. Their brief article emphasized that: (1) small melanocytic tumors may grow and still be benign and (2) the ophthalmoscopic features associated with malignancy do not always indicate a malignancy. We should not be surprised by either of these observations.

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