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July 1958

Metastatic Carcinoma of the Retina: Report of a Case and the Pathologic Findings

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology (Dr. Kennedy) and the Department of Pathology (Dr. Hazard) of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation and from The Frank E. Bunts Educational Institute; 845 8th St. N. E., Massillon, Ohio (Dr. Rummel); Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Dr. McCarthy).

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(1):12-18. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080026003

Metastatic carcinoma of the eye involving the retina alone is an extremely rare lesion; only two reports of previous cases have been found in a review of the literature. The first report was that by Arisawa1 in 1914. However, Smoleroff and Agatston3 reviewed this case, which was in Sattler's2 textbook, and concluded that the tumor involved the optic disc as well as the retina. In their article they reported a case of secondary carcinoma limited only to the retina. Our report is of a secondary carcinoma of the macula of the right eye, the primary site of the tumor being the rectosigmoid.

Report of Case  A 51-year-old white man was first seen by one of us (W. D. R.) on Jan. 30, 1956. because of blurred vision of one month's duration in the right eye. The corrected vision in the right eye was limited to counting fingers

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