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February 1963

Tumors of the Eye and Adnexae

Arch Ophthalmol. 1963;69(2):144-146. doi:10.1001/archopht.1963.00960040150002

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A recent symposium at Baylor University (Houston, Texas) was the occasion for ophthalmologists to review their knowledge of tumors in, on, and about the eye and to hear latest oncologic theory and practice from an impressive assemblage of authorities. It seems that eye tumors present a diversified assortment of neoplastic types and offer unusual challenges for treatment.

Pigmented tumors of the conjunctiva can always be counted on for spirited discussion. It is reassuring to learn that since melanotic nevi do not give rise to malignancy prior to puberty they may be safely left in situ until an age when they can be removed under local anesthesia. More hazardous than nevi are the flat, diffuse pigmentations that generally occur in middle life and have come to be known as precancerous melanosis. These characteristically wax and wane over a number of years with the eventual development of nodular tumefactions that represent malignant

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