THERE have been a number of articles in the very recent literature dealing with various aspects of melanoma of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. The histological background, as well as the discussion of the possible ectodermal origin of these tumors, has been minutely documented both in the journals and by Reese in his excellent book on "Tumors of the Eye."1
I present the following case because it has several unusual aspects, and because it had been under my personal observation for 20 years, though in all probability the entire cycle of the melanoma covered a span of some 50 years. I have not been able to find in the literature a case of melanoma of the iris with survival for this length of time. One's individual experience with such tumors is of necessity limited. Spaeth2 saw only four malignant melanomas of the iris and ciliary body in
KOENIG IJ. MALIGNANT MELANOMA OF THE IRIS AND CILIARY BODY OF A ONE-EYED PATIENT: Case Observed for Twenty Years. AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1954;51(5):656–662. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archopht.1954.00920040666009
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