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June 2001

Iris Melanomas in Children

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(6):925-926. doi:

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We are grateful to Dr Kivelä for his interest in and response to our article.1 We stated that in young patients with uveal melanoma, the 5- and 15-year posttreatment survival estimates were 0.95 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.87-1.00) and 0.77 (95% CI, 0.52-1.00), respectively. Based on the small number of select cases in our series, it appears that young patients with uveal melanoma have a long-term survival rate (15 years) similar to that in adults and a short-term survival rate (5 years) possibly better than adults.2 However, survival rates in young patients with uveal melanoma cannot be directly compared with survival data on adults with uveal melanoma because there are differences in baseline tumor parameters between the 2 groups.

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